ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said that the Team of Rivals in a Trump White House is real.
“I think what Donald Trump is doing and looking at and interviewing people for is something so much bigger than any one thing. He is trying to do what is best for the country,” Lewandowski told ABC News’ Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein in this week’s “Powerhouse Politics” podcast.
“And I am very confident that Donald Trump is going to come to the right decision for the country and if that is Mitt Romney or it is Jon Huntsman or it is somebody else who is potentially in the works, or John Bolton or whoever that person is, I am fully confident that Donald Trump is going to put aside any personal feelings he has to make sure that the best people are out or working for the federal government. I don’t know who that person is going to be.”
Lewandowski said Romney’s attacks on Trump during the election were not disqualifying. They were just part of the political game and exposed Romney for the politician that he is.
“I am not surprised. You know why? Because politicians will always be politicians. Right? And they will say what they think the American people want them to say,” Lewandowski said.
Lewandowski said he didn’t expect a Trump announcement on secretary of state this week: “I don’t think that decision has been made. But what I do have full confidence in is that Donald Trump is going to pick the right person to represent our country overseas. Secretary of state is a huge job. And it is far from done. I think it will be at least early next week before that decision is announced.”
Lewandowski also revealed that the president-elect is getting the presidential daily briefing every morning and spending most days talking to people about filling positions in his White House.
“How are we going to fill out the West Wing, who do we have coming in, what executives, like the Carrier deal, is a great example of Donald Trump in action, early on, saving 1,000 jobs from going to Mexico, we saw this with Bill Ford, also,” Lewandowski said. “This is somebody who is willing to pick up the phone and call CEOs of companies that says ‘I want to be sure your jobs are staying in the U.S.’ I think this is a big win today for Donald Trump.”
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