In a blistering expose, Newsweek asked if Trump would be willing to sever all ties with the Trump Organization and it's secret foreign investments. They then outlined the complicated network of Trump businesses and relationships from Mumbai to the Middle East and even Libya. There are also deep connections in China, Brazil, Bulgaria, Argentina, Canada, France, Germany and other countries.
But former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says it's all hogwash. On a Wednesday episode of "New Day," the paid CNN commentator attacked Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald claiming he has "zero credibility" because Lewandowski claims Eichenwald alleged "George W. Bush was directly related to 9/11." Eichenwald actually wrote a detailed piece that showed the warnings the Bush Administration got that an Al Qaeda strike was possible. The piece never said that Bush was related to 9/11, as Lewandowski claimed.
Eichenwald's report asks if Trump would step away, as the Clintons would say they would from their foundation. "Absolutely not," Lewandowski responded.
Trump has claimed in the past that he would put the company in a blind trust and his adult children would run the organization. In an interview with "Good Morning America," Ivanka Trump said that they wouldn't pursue any business deals that could appear as though they're a conflict of interest.
Lewandowski then slammed Eichenwald for not reaching out to "fact check the story with the Trump Organization."
"But there are foreign deals," CNN host Alisyn Camerota wondered.
"Of course there are!" Lewandowski declared. "Because he is an international businessman, because he built a $10 billion corporation."
When asked if Trump deals in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia would continue and compared it to the Clinton Foundation, Lewandowski claimed the two weren't the same.
"Do his children continue to run a $10 billion corporation that their father has built? Absolutely they do," he said. "Why wouldn’t they?" he asked, to which Camerota responded that they might be "compromised by foreign deals and foreign money coming into it."
Gesticulating wildly, Lewandowski said, "Absolutely not."
He continued, reiterating that Trump plans to turn his company over to the Trump children. "What—is he just going to give up the company, is he going to fold up and unemploy 10,000 people?"
Eichenwald responded to the claims by Lewandowski with a tweet, saying, "Folks: Trump surrogates are apparently already attacking me. I am just a messenger. Have them dispute the facts."
Folks: Trump surrogates are apparently already attacking me. I am just a messenger. Have them dispute the facts. https://t.co/A1Xw4IlxUX— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald) 1473852885.0
A Politico report also alleged the paid CNN contributor is actually back at work on the campaign. Last Thursday at the Manchester Radisson ahead of a Trump speech, Lewandowski was seen and days later was offering advice to Trump insiders behind the scenes.
Mike Biundo, Donald Trump’s New Hampshire-based senior national adviser confirmed that Lewandowski got an updated briefing on the operation in New Hampshire. He reportedly told Biundo, “Anything you need, you go through me,” one New Hampshire Republican alleged.
Lewandowski was fired from the Trump campaign in June but still draws a severance. He's also a paid contributor on CNN, an issue that has drawn the network a lot of criticism.
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