Staffers at CNN are "livid" that the cable network has hired Corey Lewandowski as an exclusive commentator after Donald Trump fired him from his campaign manager job earlier this week.
"CNN is facing a near internal revolt over the Corey hiring," a source told The New York Post's Page Six
. "Female reporters and producers especially.
"They are organizing and considering publicly demanding" that Lewandowski be relieved, the source said.
Jeff Zucker, CNN's president, quickly snapped up Lewandowski after Trump dismissed him on Monday.
The presumptive Republican nominee had reacted to an ultimatum by Ivanka Trump in light of the Michelle Fields debacle in Florida in March and a Page Six report last month
that Lewandowski had gotten into a shouting match
on the street in Manhattan with campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks.
But not only are women furious at the hiring, Page Six reports.
"Latinos and others in the newsroom feel betrayed by an homage to Trump," the source said, so "they may do a public letter" in opposition.
"Everyone at CNN — and even people who used to work there — are pissed about Trump’s former campaign manager being hired on salary," another source told Page Six.
The Post reported Thursday that CNN was paying Lewandowski as much as $500,000, but a network spokeswoman said: "I can assure you we are paying him nowhere near $500,000."
In his first on-air interview, also on Thursday, host Erin Burnett grilled Lewandowski
on whether he had signed an agreement barring him from making disparaging comments about Trump, his family or his companies.
Burnett even read from a document she said had been obtained by CNN in her questioning.
Lewandowski, 42, declined to say whether he had signed such an agreement and instead had only praise for Trump.
"I feel honored to have been part of changing the American political system for the rest of our lives and hopefully so much further," he said. "The Trump family has been so good to me and my family and so generous that it's been so humbling to know that, for a small period of time, I had a small role in helping with this campaign."
"Certainly no disparaging there," Burnett said.
When reached by Page Six, Lewandowski directed all questions to CNN, which did not respond to queries.
At least one former CNN staffer took to Twitter:
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