CNN’s Corey Lewandowski: “I Have A Great Relationship With The Press”
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From the June 27 edition of CNN's New Day:
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ALISYN CAMEROTA (HOST): On a completely separate note, Corey, I just wanted to quickly ask you, there's been a lot of reaction to CNN hiring you as a contributor. I don't know if you've heard about some of the reaction. It turns out not everybody is a fan of the decision. And I think that the crux of that, criticism, is that you never seem to be a big fan of the press or to have much respect for the press. Why did you have such strange relations during your time there at the Trump campaign with the press, do you think?
COREY LEWANDOWSKI: I don't think that's true. I think what you have is if you look at the individuals I work closely with on a day-to-day basis, we had great relationships. I had great relationships with the media. Those individuals who are our embeds, who got to know me the best, the individuals who I spoke to on a regular basis, the individuals on your set here earlier today --
CAMEROTA: Sure, just not the people you said were blacklisted if they got out of the pen.
LEWANDOWSKI: There are rules to follow. And the rules were very clear, right? The designated media areas are where the designated media areas was. And we asked people to respect those rules so the people coming to the Trump rallies by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, would have the opportunity to listen to what Mr. Trump said when he was on stage. And the rules are very simple. As long as the media was in the designated media zone 15 minutes before he got on stage, and after he was done speaking, they were free to go wherever they wanted. And all we asked was that while he was on stage, the people have to wait four and five hours in line to come and see him, have the opportunity to listen to him.
CAMEROTA: But nothing [inaudible] your feelings about the press?
LEWANDOWSKI: Look, I love everybody. I love you, right. Are you kidding me?
CAMEROTA: Well, I'm lovable.
LEWANDOWSKI: I'm a very emotional person. But the bottom line is I have a great relationship with the press. I have a lot of friends at all the networks. That's the truth. Look I've been so lucky to interact with the press as much as I have. Doesn't mean I always agree. Doesn't mean I'm always going to agree. Because I'm a person who's going to call it the way I see it. And I think if something is out of line, I'm going to tell people that.