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Lewandowski Still Wants Trump to 'Win the Presidency'

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By    |   Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016 09:36 AM

Corey Lewandowski, despite being fired from Donald Trump's campaign on Monday, remained very supportive of the presumptive GOP nominee Tuesday morning and had a message for him moving forward: "Win the presidency."

"You can say anything about anybody you want; it's still America," Lewandowski, who guided Trump's successful primary win, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program, after he was asked if he'd signed a nondisclosure agreement.

"The difference is, I believe in Donald Trump. I have from the first time I met him. He's going to be the best president this country's ever had. The fact that I was part of it is so important to me."

And, Lewandowski said, his feelings about the campaign have not changed in the 24 hours since he was fired.

"I want to fix our country," said Lewandowski. "I want to do the things he says he's going to do because I know he can. To go out and say negative things is not the right thing to do. I want the country better for my family."

Lewandowski told the program that he came to work Monday at about 6 a.m., had some meetings, and at about 9:30 a.m. spoke with Trump on the telephone, and discussed the
campaign.

"He didn't say, 'You're fired,'" said Lewandowski. "It wasn't like the episode of 'The Apprentice.' He is going to be the next president of the United States."

Lewandowski will continue to head the New Hampshire delegation for Trump at the Republican convention in July, and said that he believes the election is not "about one person," but the future of the country.

He also denied reports that Trump's daughter, Ivanka, pushed for his removal over arguments concerning her husband, media publisher Jared Kushner.

On Monday, CNN senior correspondent Dana Bash reported Ivanka Trump gave her father an ultimatum to choose between her and Lewandowski. In addition, Ben Jacobs, a political reporter for The Guardian, said that Lewandowski was fired for trying to "sideline" Kushner and had planted stories about him, reports Fortune.

"I have a great relationship with Jared," said Lewandowski. "What motive would I have to do that? None. He's been a great media presence."

Further, Lewandowski said, he has learned through work with many campaigns that "you don't fight the family. It's a losing battle. If I disagree, which I don't, why would I start a fight with the family member?"

But he also believes he did his best, and told the Fox News program that he put in "18 or 19 hours a day" toward working for Trump.

At this point, the campaign will need to grow rapidly, and will add "400 people in the next 90 days" said Lewandowski, and he's never grown something that big.

"Maybe it's the equivalent of a start-up," said Lewandowski. "I helped to start a small company that grew and then somebody else took it over. You're proud of what the role is you had at the beginning of it. But at the end of the day, you want it to be successful. That's what you want. Because everyone is vested in it."

Meanwhile, Lewandowski said that Trump may be far behind presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton when it comes to money, but insisted Trump hasn't started raising money yet.

"Don't forget, he can self-fund this campaign, he can put $40-$50 million in this campaign right this very second and be even or ahead," said Lewandowski

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