CNN's Corey Lewandowski Defends Trump’s Attacks On The Khan Family By Claiming Trump Would Not Have Gone To War With Iraq
Lewandowski: “If Donald Trump Were The President, Captain Khan Would Still Be Alive Today Because We Would Have Never Entered The Iraq War”
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From the August 1 edition of CNN's New Day:
POPPY HARLOW (CO-HOST): Why the continuing the fight right now with the [Khan] family?
COREY LEWANDOWSKI: He's not fighting with the family. He's gone on and said that --
LEWANDOWSKI: -- Captain Khan is a hero. He said that publicly. You tend to glaze over that notion. But he said it very publicly that he's a hero.
HARLOW: I'm not glazing over it. I mean, we can pull that statement up, absolutely.
LEWANDOWSKI: So you need to remind people that he said that.
HARLOW: He said it in a statement from the campaign.
LEWANDOWSKI: That’s right.
HARLOW: He hasn't come out himself and said it.
LEWANDOWSKI: He said it from his Twitter account. Those are his words that he said. "Captain Khan is a hero." So either they are his words or not his words.
HARLOW: So why five minutes ago did he tweet, "He viciously attacked me?"
LEWANDOWSKI: Because what he's saying is -- look, he said Captain Khan is a hero. The difference is if Donald Trump were the president, Captain Khan would still be alive today because we never would have entered the Iraq war in the first place. He's been very clear about that. Number two, what he has said was that this is something that the Khan family decided to engage in by going to the Democratic convention and telling their story. They're welcome to do that. But Mr. Trump has the ability to respond.
JOHN BERMAN (CO-HOST): Corey, would you have advised him when you were campaign manager, would you have advised him to bring up the silence of the grieving mother after the fact? Is that advice you would have given?
LEWANDOWSKI: Here's what I would say to him. When someone attacks you publicly in front of a stage of millions of people, you have the ability to respond. Now, this is a very sensitive issue.
CHRISTINE QUINN: She didn't say a word. She didn't say a word.
LEWANDOWSKI: Their son -- excuse me.
QUINN: No, this is ridiculous. It is outrageously un-American.
LEWANDOWSKI: Their son made the ultimate sacrifice. He understands that and he called him a hero. But he does have the ability when someone attacks him personally and accuses him of something which he did not -- has never done, which they said he's never read the Constitution, which is not true. He has the ability to respond.