Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will be a "great addition" to Vice President Mike Pence's political action committee, his friend and former deputy manager David Bossie said Tuesday.
"This is a long time in the making and was talked about now internally for the last couple of months, so this is no surprise to me," Bossie, who heads the conservative advocacy group Citizens United, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
"It is just a great addition to make sure that this team, the symmetry of this team is all moving forward and on the same page. This is a very good signal to all of the Trump voters out there across this country that we're putting the team back together."
Lewandowski, with the blessings of President Donald Trump, is joining the Great America Committee PAC, the first political arm to be created by a current vice president. Money raised through the PAC can be used for only other campaigns, not for Pence, according to Fox News.
The move means Lewandowski will have an official role in Trump's 2020 re-election campaign and in the midterm elections, and he will travel with Pence. Lewandowski has remained close to Trump and often supports him through TV appearances, even after he was fired in the spring of 2016 over strained relationships with members of the Trump family.
"The president and Corey spoke about this before he decided to do it," Bossie said Tuesday. "It's a great place for Corey to be able to make moves for the president and vice president. This is just part of the team. It is not one team or the other, it is one team. That's what we are trying to tell the American people."
Bossie on Tuesday also called The New York Times story claiming Pence is trying to control Republican politics "fake news."
"This is all the fake news that is fit to print there in the 'Gray Lady,'" he said. "It is pathetic that they have to continuously try to create dissension and sew seeds of doubt inside. This is the furthest thing from the truth. This is a tremendous move. It has been in the works for well over a month, for Corey to join. This is a tremendous opportunity for the president and vice president to move forward together."
He also denied there are separate Pence and Trump teams.
"People who are worried about this, if they are truly Trump people they just don't understand how the president and vice president operate," Bossie said.
Bossie also decried the leaks that have been coming from the White House, and said people that are contacting the media are "in it for themselves."
"I think that they want to be important to members of the media that they know, and I think they are trying to serve justice in their minds on other staffers who are not doing things their way," Bossie said. "It's unfortunate because this is the president's White House. You serve at the pleasure of the president.
"If you do not want to be there, go and find another job somewhere. There are other people, many other people who want to be in those incredibly coveted jobs."
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