President Donald Trump is not getting enough credit for facilitating nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Thursday.
"The issue of denuclearization is the most important issue," Lewandowski told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
"If North Korea is willing to have that conversation, this president is willing to come to the table and have that," Lewandowski told Fox. "I know the media overlooks this -- that a potential meeting to take place between these two world leaders could happen, and this president doesn't get enough credit for even having the opportunity to have a face-to-face conversation."
Lewandowski said he believes the June 12 meeting date is "entirely arbitrary," but instead, the more important issue is that North Korea understands the pressure the United States is putting on it to denuclearize.
"Every president has tried to get it done in the last 30 years," said Lewandowski. "Previous administrations have taken pallets of cash and given it to North Korea and said, 'Please don't have a nuclear program,' and they laughed at us."
But Trump is "very different," he said, and is willing to walk away if the conditions aren't right, said Lewandowski.
The talks so far, though, mark a "major victory" but Trump "doesn't get the credit he deserves," said Lewandowski.
"He is the first president in the history of our country willing to sit down with the North Korean leader, and the media at first said the meeting would never happen," Lewandowski said. "Then they said he wouldn't be prepared. Now the meeting may be back on and they say, 'Well, it won't get all done at once.'
"He just doesn't get the credit he deserves for all the great work he is doing on both the domestic and foreign policy front and that's a shameful side of the fake news."
Lewandowski also discussed Trump's slam on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, when he tweeted Wednesday that he wished he'd picked another person for the cabinet seat.
"The president has been clear with his frustration with the attorney general," said Lewandowski. "It relates to the fake Russia investigation, the hoax that has been perpetuated now for the last 15 months that he has been in office that there was some type of collusion. We know there was no collusion."
And Trump, said Lewandowski, is disappointed Sessions recused himself from the investigation, rather than telling him he would take that action before he was nominated.
"He has been very public about it and very consistent about it because this whole Russia narrative, which has been a cloud over this administration, never existed," said Lewandowski. "There was no collusion, no cooperation or no coordination. The only campaign that paid a foreign entity to do work for it was the [Hillary] Clinton campaign and that's where the investigation should be looking."
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