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Lewandowski: Trump 'Humbled' By Upcoming Presidency

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By    |   Thursday, 19 Jan 2017 02:45 PM

President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration will mean the "fulfillment of a promise" for millions of Americans, and he has also been "humbled" by winning the White House, Corey Lewandowski, his first campaign manager, said Thursday.

"Even if you don't like what he says, he's going to tell you the truth," Lewandowski, who late last year launched a lobbying firm in Washington D.C., told Fox News' "Fox & Friends." "Even if you don't like what he says, he's going to tell you the truth. He's going to tell you that we're going to put America first, and if you're in America, and you want to be put first for a change, it means jobs for our country, renegotiating bad trade deals."

Trump will do exactly what he promised, Lewandowski said, as he is "not accountable to Washington's "special interests."

However, Lewandowski said he has noticed Trump has "been humbled" since he won the White House, but at the same time, he is still Trump.

"I had the privilege to meet with him after he met with Barack Obama and went to the White House," Lewandowski said. "He understands the magnitude of the job that he's about to take and the decisions that he make will impact the nation and potentially the world. And he understands the gravity of what those decisions are."

Lewandowski, who advocated while he was with the campaign to "let Trump be Trump," said Thursday he is still Trump, and "you never want to change that, and I mean that in a positive sense. He is not going to change."

Trump hired Lewandowski in January 2015, and even though he was fired last summer following a shakeup in the campaign management, he remains faithful to the New York billionaire and believes he was able to play a "small part in history" by working on the Trump campaign.

"When we started this, no one gave Trump a chance," Lewandowski said. "No one said he was really going to run. And one by one by one the American people said we want fundamental and wholesale change. And I've had the privilege of seeing that from the front row."

Lewandowski said, during one of his first conversations with Trump, they talked about his chances of winning. He said he told Trump he thought the chance was about 5 percent, but Trump gave himself a 10 percent chance, and they decided to settle at just over seven percent, as some of the "greatest candidates" Republicans had put forward were running.

"The amazing part of Mr. Trump, he never ran for anything," Lewandowski said. "Never had any political experience, and that was the big hurdle we had to overcome. People and polls indicated they never thought he was going to run. Once he was running, he never looked back."

Lewandowski and Barry Bennett, the former campaign manager for Dr. Ben Carson and Trump adviser, have co-founded Avenue Strategies, a firm that sits within eyeshot of the White House, Bloomberg News reported.

The company was not formed to compete with Capitol Hill lobbyists, but instead to "lobby the administration," Bennett told Bloomberg.

"I want to sit on the outside and set up a firm that's going to do one of two things, recruit candidates who are going to be in the Senate as Republicans [from] the blue states like Ohio or traditional states that Republicans don't win in," Lewandowski told Fox News. "It's very important, so two years from now, the Senate majority can lead and move the agenda. And the seconds is, whatever the agenda is, the tax cuts or the wholesale fundamental reform with repeal and replace, I want to hold officials accountable in Congress."

Meanwhile, he said it is a "shame" people planning to boycott Friday's inauguration are making matters about "hyper-partisan politics."

"Look, I didn't vote for Barack Obama eight years ago, but I wanted him to be successful because when the president's successful, our country's successful," Lewandowski said. "Give Donald Trump that same chance because he's a uniter, not a divider."

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