Lewandowski Snipes Campaign Rivals on MSNBC: ‘I Don’t Know What Paul Manafort Did’ on Russia


Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is taking a few subtle — but clear — shots at two men who succeeded him atop the org chart in Trump Land.

In an interview on MSNBC Monday, Lewandowski was asked the following question by anchor Hallie Jackson:

“Are you confident that we will not see any more interactions with members or reps of the Russian government from members of the Trump campaign?”

Lewandowski replied by singling out Paul Manafort, the man who replaced him as Trump campaign chairman, as being someone who might have had such interactions.

“I can’t speak to that,” Lewandowski said. “I don’t know what Paul Manafort did or didn’t do when he was part of the campaign. Or other individuals.”

Then, later in the interview, Jackson asked if current White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is “in trouble.” And Lewandowski’s answer inspired absolutely no confidence in Priebus’s White House employment prospects.

Lewandowski: Look, Reince Priebus works directly for the president of the United States. And it is the president’s prerogative to determine how long Reince Priebus works for. And I think what the president has said very clearly is that he wants to make sure the leaks that are taking place in his White House are eradicated. I think Anthony Scaramucci, the new communications director, is going to come in, and help to get that done, and put the president’s agenda forward. And if the president doesn’t see the success that he wants, then he will continue to make changes. But that’s a decision only the president can make.

Jackson: So, yes or no then. Do you think the chief of staff is in trouble?

Lewandowski: I don’t know. I mean, look, I think Reince has done a job there that’s a very difficult job to do, and he’ll be there as long as the president wants him to be there, and that’s the answer.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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