CNN's Dana Bash Grills Fired Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski

Bash: “Somebody Tuning In To Watch This Might Be Thinking That They're On Another Planet Because You're Making It Seem Like Everything Was Really Great”

From the June 20 edition of CNN's CNN Newsroom:

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DANA BASH (HOST): Corey, you're painting a very nice picture of the Trump campaign and the state of play. If it was that great, why wouldn't you still be the campaign manager?

COREY LEWANDOWSKI: I'm proud of the campaign. I really am. But I also understand the reality of building an infrastructure, coupled with the RNC's 500 people on the ground and all the resources necessary --

BASH: But why couldn't you be the person to do it? Why do you think that you were not the person to do it?

LEWANDOWSKI: Again, I don't know the answer to that. But what I know is --

BASH: What do you think?

LEWANDOWSKI: I know I've had a great privilege and an honor of being part of this for the last 18 or 19 months, and I have no regrets. And I'm so thankful for this chance, and I know that what I will do moving forward is share my advice of what I know with Mr. Trump and his team if they want it. I will still chair the New Hampshire delegation to the RNC convention next month, and I can tell you that me and every person that I know will continue to vote for and support Donald Trump in any way possible. 

BASH: You're such a good soldier, and your loyalty here is exactly why, one of the main reasons why Mr. Trump kept you on for so long. But you've got to -- 

LEWANDOWSKI: It's not just loyalty. It's a true difference. 

BASH: And belief in him. I get that. But I guess my question is, somebody tuning in to watch this might be thinking that they're on another planet because you're making it seem like everything was really great, and I get that that's your instinct because you've been so loyal to him, but it just doesn't make sense in a logical way. If things were that great, why you would not still be over at Trump Tower?

LEWANDOWSKI: Look, the campaign is moving in the right direction. That's the most important thing, and building up that campaign is something that is very important to do. And I can tell you again, I'll give any advice I can to the campaign, but at the end of the day, voters are going to have to make a choice. They're going to choose Hillary Clinton, or they're going to choose Donald Trump. And they've got to choose Trump if they want to save our country.


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