Now those rumours have been given new life by fired White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who is currently stirring up as much drama as possible in an effort to publicise her tell-all book from her time as a senior adviser to the President.
"She wore that jacket to hurt Trump, setting off a controversy that he would have to fix, prolonging the conversation about the administration's insensitivity, ruining the trip itself, and trying to make sure that no one asked her to do something like that again". "There have been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues related to you", he is heard telling her, referencing her use of government vehicles and "money issues".
President Donald Trump had a tough TV morning.
She also declined to discuss details of her interview with special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which she confirmed earlier yesterday.
Assuming that all campaign employees signed the same NDA, its terms allowed the Trump campaign to either file for arbitration or bring a lawsuit in court against Marigault Newman.
She writes that Trump and his campaign were "eager for my help" and she wanted to experience working on a campaign at a "high level". She said I don't know, I can't guarantee that, even though - just as a side note - you can guarantee things.
But on Tuesday, he ratcheted up the war of words - to a level of nastiness rarely seen, even from a president who has shown he does not pull punches when insulting his critics. "She claims to have heard from someone who heard from me that I heard Trump use the N-word".
Manigault-Newman - the former director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison - was sacked previous year by Chief of Staff John Kelly.
"And they're all changing their stories - Omarosa, Katrina Pierson, the President, they're all changing their stories and we don't know what to believe".
'Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!' John Kelly is the White House chief of staff.
Manigault Newman, who has painted a damning picture of Trump and alleged there is a videotape of him using a racial slur, told The Associated Press she is not going away.
Frustrated by leaks, Trump was insistent that White House aides also be bound by a similar arrangement.
Brian Kilmeade likened it to when Trump last fell for that strategy, back when former flatterer Michael Wolff was plugging his salacious White House intrigue book Fire And Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
More recently, Mr Trump has repeatedly referred to Democrat Maxine Waters as "low IQ" and called CNN anchor Don Lemon "the dumbest man on television".
In a joint statement after Manigault Newman's appearance on CBS, Pierson and Patton said that "no one ever denied the existence of conversations about a reported "Apprentice" tape" and that they occurred because "Omarosa was obsessed with it".
CBS said that it had not confirmed the authenticity of the tape.