Corey Lewandowski: Trump's undisclosed meeting with Putin happened only because the president "saw his beautiful wife"

Corey Lewandowski: Trump's undisclosed meeting with Putin happened only because the president "saw his beautiful wife"

Lewandowski: Trump "got up and he walked over and he saw his beautiful wife, the first lady of the United States, and he had a conversation with her"

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From the July 19 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Alright, let's talk about the president's -- one of his latest tweets about fake news. So we saw at the G20 summit [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel invited the leaders of 20 different countries to have a dinner. We remember the video of Melania [Trump] sitting next to [Russian President] Vladimir Putin and talking with the interpreter in between them. Well the mainstream media's trying to say now that that was a separate meeting, that the president, our president, had a separate meeting with Vladimir Putin that lasted an hour. And they're saying it took place at that dinner. Our president is tweeting, saying, “Fake news story of secret dinner with Putin is sick. All G20 leaders and spouses were invited by the chancellor of Germany, press knew, the fake news is becoming more and more dishonest. Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister." What's your reaction?

COREY LEWANDOWSKI: Forty people were at that dinner. Obviously the 20 G20 leaders and their spouses. Our best representative, who is stunningly beautiful and incredibly intelligent, sat next to Vladimir Putin at the request of the German chancellor. She had a conversation with Vladimir Putin. It was her dinner partner for a few hours. Big deal. And then you know what the president did? Our president? He got up and he walked over and he saw his beautiful wife, the first lady of the United States, and he had a conversation with her. How was this a -- how was this anything other than the president of the United States going over and seeing the first lady, who, by the way, speaks five languages, is incredibly beautiful, and is incredibly intelligent, and is a great representative of our country?

STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Well here's the thing, Corey, as you know, this is the mainstream media's opportunity to connect Russia, Russia, Russia, once again with the president, to make it look like there was some subterfuge or something else going on at that particular dinner.

LEWANDOWSKI: Yeah, but there's nothing there.

DOOCY​: No, I get it.

LEWANDOWSKI: Look, the president wasn't even seated near her and there were 40 people. This is -- the president, if he drives in the car for 35 seconds, there's a giant press pool behind him, all of a sudden it's a secret meeting? There's nothing secret about this. There were literally hundreds and hundreds of cameras when the president spoke to Vladimir Putin. We saw the replay a thousand times probably of the handshake. And then he's seated at the dinner with 39 other people. Putin's on the other side, next to the first lady of the United States, and all of a sudden it's a secret meeting? There's nothing secret when there's 40 people at a dinner.

Previously:

NY Times details how “reverence for Putin” in right-wing media helps Trump run from his Russia scandal

On Fox, Corey Lewandowski says Putin's denial of Russia hacking US election makes the issue "officially dead"

Fox's Gregg Jarrett: "Vladimir Putin, former KGB, could have sat in on that [Trump Jr.] meeting and it wouldn't be a crime"

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