tv Corey Lewandowski Discusses the Trump Presidency CSPAN August 12, 2017 7:13pm-8:10pm EDT
when the machines have an equal footage as human beings. ceo of -- and he has been our guest on this episode. was -- broughtan to you by your's -- by your cable or satellite provider. corey lewandowski, president trump's former campaign manager talks about the admin stations first six months in office and what is ahead. this is one hour.
>> thank you members of the city club. i want to first express how grateful i am for the privilege to come here and speak with you today and understanding the history of this amazing organization is important to me. i'm a bit of an ohio native in the sense that i was chief of staff for four years in the southeastern part of the state, a little area called belmont county. that was a congressional district. along 77 and south it was the congressional hub of that district. importance ofhe the city club and the luminaries who come before me. i don't pretend to be the caliber of people who have spoken before you.
i want to thank you for the opportunity to be here. i think donald trump is the greatest political phenomenon of our lifetime. for everything he has attempted to achieve he has been successful, whether it has been in the new york real estate world. whether it has been a best-selling offer. -- best-selling author. i want to take you back to the ininning of the campaign january 2015. long before donald trump was going to run for office. to meet then mr. trump on the 26th floor of trump tower to speak to him about
running a potential campaign for president. donald trump had told many of us that he was going to flirt with running and nobody thought he was actually going to run. until it had the privilege of inting down with mr. trump 2015. when i sat down with him, i saw the resolve of an individual who didn't need to be the president to have a great lifestyle and didn't need the job after he was the president to make a lot of money. he said to me, corey, i'm going to have a great life. i have all the money i need. i have a great air force and private planes, helicopters, home all over the world. i don't need to do this so that my children will be okay. we're going to be fine. i need to do it because the country is broken and i think i can fix it. that unique experience, 25 minutes later had me stand up from my chair, he shook my hand.
he said, you start working for me tomorrow. you're now my campaign manager. now, truth be told, i didn't tell my wife was coming to new york to look for a new job. little bit troubling when i called her after that meeting. like many of you, i thought you know what, working for donald trump for a brief stint as a political adviser, can't be bad for my career. he was a very wealthy guy. just prior to this position i was working for family of the koch's. i spent at that point about seven years working for the koch family. i had a very good stable safe secure job and allowed me to be home with my children. which i have four of. what i saw in donald trump is a man willing to put his own fortune forward to take enormous amount of scrutiny from the mainstream media. to do so for somebody who didn't need the job and wanted to do
it. back in january and fast forward to june of 2015, potentially the greatest republican field of all times was established. when you look at the individuals who going to run for president, we had the son and brother of a former president. we had well known governors of big states. we had executives who had been in the business world. we had sitting senators who's father had run for president in the past. name i.d., individual who had run and won already in specific primary races. i'm thinking of states like iowa with mike huckabee and those individuals. we get into a race on june 16th where most people said we shouldn't go to iowa and can't compete there. donald trump is on his third marriage. a democrat now turned to be a
republican. what we saw very quickly as we traveled the country for the first six months before we launched the campaign, sixth months after that, was that the american people were tired of broken washington d.c. a system where republicans and democrats alike have lied to us for 30 years. we're sit on trillion dollars in debt. there's no accountability on either side. members of congress and u.s. senate will say and do things and go back to washington do something completely different. for the first time in my lifetime, we have a candidate who's running, who doesn't need money to run his campaign. we didn't solicit money. hasn't been beholden to the washington special interest of way things will do it. someone going to bring a business perspective to the federal government. that message, which was liberating to many people and troubling to others, was from the heart and it's the same message. if you look back at donald trump
since the mid-1990's and even before that today show interview, 1989 where he talks about the u.s., not negotiating well and having our lunch eaten by other countries or taking advantage of us. listen to his talk back then where he proposed at the time wealthy one percenter should all pay a large sum on taxes to get the deficit down to zero. he's willing to write that check. because understanding of the burden of a massive deficit on our economy is incomprehensible to business executives. let me tell you what some of the media was like. we weren't up against 16 well-qualified candidates who had all the resources in front of them. let me to you with some of the media looks like. commentator called donald trump a george costanza of the 2016 election cycle.
the washington post jennifer rubin called him a nonsense nothing that would never run. george will actually quit the republican party. unpalatable that he actually defended torture as opposed to defending donald trump. this is some of the mainstream and what we saw was an individual who was willing to fight back against the media. the statistic was that 97% of the voters said they did not let the media's bias influence their vote. it wasn't that long ago and many people in this room would remember it where we received our news from three individuals at 6:30 at night. they simply reported the news.
you didn't know if walter cong kite was a republican or democrat. now it is the news of -- the business of getting cliques and getting your story out. steven miller, the senior advisor of the white house got into exchange with a cnn journalist, a reporter. this has permeated the entire election cycle. we have seen where reporters want to be the news. magazine, arom time very fine guy. office,into the oval and he took a picture inside the oval office and said that she tweeted it out instantly and said the bust of martin luther king jr. was removed from the white house, and he intimated
that donald trump was a racist by removing that. do you know where the bust of martin luther king jr. was that day? it was in the exact same spot that barack obama had it. the difference was, there was a u.s. secret service agent standing in front of it where he took the picture. zeke miller did not call the white house and asked for comment, he simply tweeted it out. that tweet and his story received 6000 additional stories in the mainstream media. when sean spicer called zeke miller and said, zeke, you are welcome to come back into the oval. it is in the exact same spot. it hasn't been moved. he put out a tweet and said, oops, made a mistake. the retraction was covered in 38 publications. not the 6000 that wrote the original story. this is what the mainstream media has done. they need to be the news, make the news. they are so concerned with driving the narrative that gets them the most clicks that they have stopped being journalists. the american people have seen this.
at the end of president trump's first hundred days, a study was done. the three major broadcast networks said that -- abc, cbs, and nbc, -- from january 2010 april 9 had over 1000 stories focused on donald trump's new administration. of that, 1900 minutes of airtime were dedicated to the first hundred days. of those, 186 minutes were designated as neutral or positive. 186 minutes, which means 89% of the coverage of donald trump in the first 100 days was designated by an independent analysis as being negative. and what that has done is brought donald trump's social media count and his ability to communicate directly, effectively, and authentically with the american people, much further into the light that the american people are now used to.
i have seen it and heard it -- "can you get donald trump to stop tweeting?" "please ask him to put down the twitter account." his social media platform has 110 million people. at the click of a button, he can communicate and bypass the mainstream media. he has 37 million twitter followers. 10 times for somewhere in the realm of the "new york times" publication. and he always says [indiscernible] only it's much bigger. some people say, it's not presidential for him to tweet. he is the president. so let me tell you how works. if he sneezes, it is a presidential sneeze. what your expectation is a presidential, and what you think presidential is, is a very different thing. he has revolutionized the way politicians and elected officials will communicate moving forward. i saw this every time we went to a rally somewhere.
it didn't matter if we were in mobile, alabama with 35,000 people or we were in the state of new hampshire with a thousand people. people would tune into donald trump to listen to what he had to say because, for the totality of the primary, that entire season, 38 primary wins, he didn't use a teleprompter. he would take out a piece of paper. he would have some black writing on it. it was the same when he would use the day before, the day before, the day before and the day before. he might make a different note or two, and he would stand up, unteleprompted, for an hour. and the media was fascinated by this. and the american people were fascinated. because it was a bit like going to a sporting event. you go watch the indians and you know what's going to happen. when the red sox play, they win. that is what happens at the end of the game at the end of the ninth. i'm just saying. >> boo. [laughter] corey: i'm a sox fan, what can i say?
but you go to the game because you know what the outcome is going to be. you go to see it because it is a sporting event. it is so mind consuming. you want to say, "i was at that event when the pitcher pitched a no-hitter. i remember that rally when donald trump did x, y, z." i think every person on december 7 of 2016 probably remember exactly who was there when he proposed a ban on illegals coming into the country, an immigration ban. probably every person who was there will have a different story about being at that event. but to understand the campaign, you have to understand donald trump. i will talk about his achievements. you have to understand, he is the single hardest working individual i have ever had the privilege of being next to. he point-blank outworked hillary clinton. in the time i was on the campaign, in 18 months, we flew 1700 hours on an airplane in 18 months.
1700 hours -- now, it was a nice plane. [laughter] corey: it's a very nice plane. it is a big boeing 757, beautiful, trump force one. that is what we called it. i don't care what you do, 1700 hours is a lot of time in 18 months. that is just on the airplane. that is two pilots flying around the country. from you name it to you name it. that's about 75 days in 18 months. that was before the campaign really kicked off for the general election. the great thing about the president was, he is predictable, and i can count on my hand how many times we sat down to eat. we always said we had the best plane and the worst food. because, what we did -- this was the job of the deputy campaign manager. he had to get the timing exactly right to stop at the mcdonald's to get the two filet-o-fish and the two big macs, and if we had
a really good day, what we call in malted -- which is called a in the real world, but in new york, we call it a malted -- to have that at the plane at the exact same time so that we could get back to the plane so that the president could eat as we are flying to the last event. that was our life. we ate mcdonald's six days a week. that was rare, we might get generally. -- chick-fil-a. if we were really lucky, he would say, you know what, maybe we will do burger king today. that was it. kentucky fried chicken was also a staple on the airplane. he did not want to waste his time doing something when he could be doing the next thing. that is what he does. time was too valuable for us. it was one of those great things. what he used to say is, if i'm going to make america great again, it's a full-time job. we don't have time to sit and eat, corey. i said, "yes, sir." the deputy campaign manager had a stressful job. if he was too early in the food was called, it was a bad day. if he was too late, we left him behind.
then he had to get his own way back to the next stop. it is a very stressful environment when you have to deliver the food. we knew other candidates in the race would call me and say, do progressed through the campaign is that other candidates in the cory, uld call and say, me a favor, i'm a good man. he has a way to talk about it's their aybe strength or weakness and it sticks with him. oes anybody remember what ted cruz's nickname was. lying ted, right? marco, rubio, little right? or the failing "new york times," fake news, these are all statements that the
and at that time, candidate trump would articulate at rallies, understand what the was, if the response was fantastic, he would continue o use it, and it drove the others crazy. we would get calls all the time. ask the president not to defeat about me. the other candidates running for president. so we tried to do this, but, let you a quick story. we took, we flew a helicopter out to iowa for the iowa state fair, and we in des he big plane moines and we took the helicopter over to the state remember this y and this tells you what kind of bern donald trump is. literally thousands of people coming, he goes to land and there are all these kids and the president, candidate trump turns me and says, let's take some kids for a spin. i said, no, sir, we don't have insurance, i'm a campaign guy, this is not a good idea. we'll run out of fuel and the
campaign, which by the we, the end of the campaign times by then and this is just another end to the campaign eventually. no, no, want to do. this it's important, i think it would be great. kid got to go on a helicopter ride so this little the president,nd candidate trump gets on the helicopter with harsh that from no adults, just for the kids, if you're over 12 you can't get onhelicopter. gets on instead, and candidate trump has a make and the reat hat on 8-year-old boy gets on the helicopter, it's a gorgeous elicopter and he's seated across from the candidate and march that of abc news is there and this little boy, it's surreal environment, and he gets on the helicopter boy turns to areidate trump and he says, you batman?
[laughter] missing a beat, donald trump says yes, inch and with that boom, helicopter goes up, and the pressride is, enamored once again that donald trump has drivenen the media crazy doing something that no other candidate in the history would do, which is take at the a helicopter ride middle of the iowa state fair. our campaign did not rely on television ads, we had zero budget, we didn't have a direct mail operation, we didn't phone vendors, we had phone vendors who would solicit our and we would say no. the large one came to me one on the fifth floor of the trump tower and had no heat because that's how cheap i am. spend the president i'll your money like it's my own. this phone vendor came and he said i would like to you higher i'm the biggest one in the country and i'll do all your phones and i need $25,000 a plus whatever die for phones. i said what?
i'll pay you $500 a month and you can sit back in the back telephones. if you do that i'll move you up to the air shop. f you do a good job at that, maybe you'll work at the front desk and get you to a thousand dollars a month. he said, you don't understand. i'm a vendor. i don't come here every day. me.'re going to pay >> see, this is the difference. if you're not willing to come hours a day 20 like corey and others, donald every other person working in that office every day we don't want you, we didn't vendors. zero. didn't exist. for so many years political class made a lot of money off no ng campaigns with accountability, establishment guys, they are my friends, i don't make any money on those all bad use they are guys. they will say, i did xyz's mail yeah, but it wasn't my fault. there is no accountability but f i win, guess what he won
because of my mail program. it's mail, phones, television, look, a lot of guys make a lot stuff.oney doing we're not going to do that. it's not how we're going to run the campaign so we ran it in erently and what we knew the campaign is not only do we have to win every single state, we mitt romney had won if were going to be successful but we had to win florida, iowa, michigan, pennsylvania, and, of course, of ohio. state if you watch the news coverage leading up to this election run an rump has to inside straight, impossible, no it, on election day,lex day. the "new york times" had this barometer. the odds of donald trump winning where this number came from, i don't know, odd of donald trump winning on election day, cement 001%. o it's not even like 30% maybe
22% something. no, .001%. the s the polls moved barometer moved and it got to he point where it was 99.5% certainty, this was after hillary actually called and still didn't make it to a hundred percent which was amazing. media.s the ut everybody, many, many, many people, i'll say, never believed he would runk never believed that he was serious, and never this was going to be a real campaign and i heard it and put a chip on my shoulder way.good you know what they said, you ballot, n get on the you're so dumb you don't know how to get on the ballot. on the the first to get ballot in every state. trump will never disclose how he is. cruz and rubio, fine men, they asked for the 30 day extension because they couldn't get their in on time. we did ours in 29 days. largest filing of a history
of a candidate for office. trump forces people to be at their best. i have seen it first hand. driver. so all consuming. forces people to do things that, in a good way, you didn't know you could actually accomplish. presidential campaign with five people. fundraising meeting. mr. trump, here's my budget for $3 month, it's about million, you think, that was it. that was fundraising meeting. that was it, we funded our own all of and it shut out those donors. them come back afterwards. and eat crow. he's a much more gracious man than i am. there were a lot of oh guys who came to us, i was there on day i was there on day one. the lights on in the
building. >> he's brought into his awarded people who were very aggressive against him in some cases, and maybe the when rick perry went to the press club and made a pretty touch speech against trump.te sat with mitt romney and for they considered him secretary of state position. has looked at many individuals who spent a lot of money against and for his opponents, and has brought them in because he wants to get o things done. and washington is fundamentally hanging so let me tick through quickly and i'll be happy to take some questions. that the e things president has already done. ttp. withdrawn frat he said he would do that. he's den it. eliminated hundreds of government regulations. s a matter of fact, the american taxpayers have saved ore than $86 billion in
regulatory costs from the deletion of government, urdensome regulations since trump has come into office. he has decided to lift restrictions on the production $50 trillion of energy reserves. he's talked about and done road blocks in the dakota and keystone pipelines. he's canceled billions of climate o the u.n. change program and wants to put he money into america's infrastructure. he has appointed a supreme court justice that by all accounts and the e on the left right, is imminently qualified to be on the bench and will be a successful impact with gorsuch. he's begun by removing two ailians who have overstayed visas and are here illegally. -- he's trying to pledge to repeal and replace obama care. yet.s not done he has pledged to provide the largest tax cut in american
history. has pledged to investigate a trillion dollars in infrastructure spending. pledged to build a wall. and what i have said, was that be ted officials need to held accountable. and the president is my friend. ut if he doesn't fulfill those promises, if he doesn't fall through on the things that he told the american people he'll accountability is at the ballot box in 3 1/2 years. and i think the american people very smart. i think they have sent someone to washington to make a changental and wholesale because they are sick of the way the system is, but if he doesn't implement that change and he needs help from congress and congress, they are a tough think that would they would have been ready on day one with the repeal bill of obama care, you think they would be ready on day one with a tax ut package that says let's repatriate our money from overseas, let's double our middle class the and, let's take every sub s
planet that's the housed in the u.s. and lower their tax rate from 35 to 15 so to an have more money stimulate the economy. congress did none over these things. they have done none of them. that's a problem. so what i think is, for the from what i have een, since 2009, right track, wrong track survey, which pollsters can you do think the in the right ing or wrong direction? right ing in the direction. the stock market is at enormous value. final thing. reagan said freedom is more than one generation away from extinction. pass it to our children in the bloodstream. protected fought for, and handed to them for them to do the same. that's what we're up against. the freedom of our great country. i believe we live in the greatest country of the world amazing nk it's an privilege to be a citizen of this great country. to talk be happy
through the immigration issue which the white house unveiled yesterday. but i do think this. whether you are pro donned or anti-pro obama or anti-i don't care. you know why? what's best for our country. it's bigger than any one person caref we do things to take of our country and that's not isolationism, people, if we on't do things 20 take care of our country and make sure that american workers have fair pportunities, against a global marketplace, for countries that don't want to see us be successful, we'll do so at and let me emise say. this i hope that the president brings with him the business that he had running the trump organization to the white house, and we've seen a few of that, the boeing example as it ared to the purchase of air force one and seen it where he has been very forthright in understanding what the price of omething cost at the federal governme
government. happened in december of last year he's the president-elect and he's down at mar largo and i decided to start small business and as business, you have have an employer identification number a bank and open an account. get you for money laundering. take care of u this and he says, website is down for maintenance. number.is i call him at home. 43 minutes later, i answer the lady, how cannice like you, i said i would get an ein number, the web side s down between december 23 and january 3 so you have to fill out the form and fax it to me. i said what? could you fax it to me? i said, look, i live in new hampshire, i don't know anybody has a fax machine, if i can find one, do you have this new thing called email?
we don't have email. the irs, okay. give me a break. i said, okay. go, i'll drive 11 miles to the next town over, i'll find a may or may not be open, i'll fax it to you, how long will it take you for me to the 10 digit did it random number that i need to start my business. days.to 10 business i said what. >> i hung up the phone. president-elect. i said, sir, you're not going to believe this. closed for nt is business. what do you mean? is id if my experience equivalent to anybody else's experience, and that period of one small business was opened in the entire period december 23 and january 3. and i said, we need to do a better job. corey, i'm to me, going to bring a business mindset to the government, we're oing to make sure things are run properly and i'm going to fix. this and i tell you that because i firmly believe that's what his
is and i've spoken a long time so let me stop and take some py to questions. mra[applause] dan -- chief executive of the city club. we're joining this presentation. we're about to begin the audience q&a and we welcome everyone. from city club members, guests, or those of you joining us via our feed.te or facebook live if you would like to tweet, tweet it to the stub club or in the comments section of the facebook live posting and i'll staff will work it into the program. your questions should be brief nd to the point, holding our turnpike crow phones -- content coordinator. may we have our first question, please. >> thank you for coming today and sharing your experiences, fascinating.n last night i was listening to a
played oadcast and they clips from president clinton, reid, andobama, harry president trump. stated the same security concerns about immigration. they all stated same economic immigration, and et, president trump has been excoriated for saying the same have.his predecessors people t possible that can switch positions and you talked about the american public, do they have such a memory that trump is saying the same thing his predecessors did but there was backlash for them and there is for him? a very good question. articulate that point i
to an take you back executive order that trump judge put a stay on that particular executive order on banning individuals from coming into our country was per rock touch of the president, it's the same exact executive order obama used, same one george bush used, george h.w. bush used, clinton, all the literally world war ii. there was never a challenge to the executive authority of the under that particular statute, until donald trump implemented it. you look at hen what the supreme court, the highest court in our land, in a 9-0 decision, 9-0 never happens, scalea or urg and ginsburg and roberts, don't agree on many things, but they has d that the president the legal authority under the constitution to issue that executive order and overruled other judges. to your exact point, the donald trump is doing something that's so gregious and so anti-american
is one that the mainstream media loves to say because barack actually deported more individuals from our country deported so been far under president trump. that's not what the media wants to report. media doesn't want to report the fact that this is the same harry reid icy that supports, immigration reform, that everybody regardless of ideological spectrum says has to occur. o one wants to talk about that because it's much easier with all due respect to harry reid to after donald trump, because that's what drives media ratings. good at very, very ratings in case you haven't noticed and that's why the media way, because t that's unfortunately, how they think, profitable, but i i say this all the time, i think the american people are exceptionally smart. and they look past that and they will hold people accountable at
back both in congress, in the senate and ultimately at the presidency, if they don't follow through on are and i commit xmts think what the president lould and specifically stephen yesterday on ned immigration, it's green card reform. it's a point based system, a to em which is very similar that in canada and australia, and here's how people get points. a they want to come and be citizen of our great country do they speak english, reasonable in this look, everybody room is an immigrant, do they speak glitch, you get a point what is the level of education? you have a point for that. is the person, have they ever received an award of some nature based on their expertise? in their respective field. or that. point is the person an entrepreneur, are they going to come and here.e jobs you get a point for that. the system they outlined to erday is one designed est -- he best and the bring
best.est and you finish first in your class at harvard or stanford or yale, nd you're an immigrant, that's what i say, thank you for your four years, you're going back to your country, you can't stay here. what are you talking about? what world are you in? what are we doing? we want the best here. we want to be the more aggressive. we want to be the opportunity, melting pot that we've always been. we need a pro immigration poverty policyro and what the president outlined yesterday was the opportunity to ome here, to the greatest country in the world, and have the highest privilege which we designated should be to the people, who have the best country ty to make our great. right now we bring in about a million people a year. under this program. that's the equivalent of the of san francisco. every year. it's large every than the population of he
the state of montana. and let me just give you the numbers because i think it's important particularly here in ohio. 53% of the people in ohio support cutting immigration down to 500,000 or lower a year. refugees intoping the country at 50,000 a year, and the state of ohio polls at 61%. these numbers came out yet, and support four elimit naturing families in immigration is at 63% in ohio. there is a problem. problem right now that this legislation is potentially going to try and solve. will it be perfect? of course not, but the media doesn't want to cover in the what the president has proposed, which falls in line what many, many other democrats proposed t have story.e it's not a sexy >> welcome, thank you for coming. my question, by saying i'm a republican so this is not a partisan question.
okay. looking back on the first seven months, i'm concerned. and a n organization white house totally disorganized, and what happened last couple of weeks is almost bizarre. i see no major piece of legislation having passed. blames the congress for that. mcconnell. communications, things being corrected. glaring lack of civility coming out of this administration. goes and tells the police officers be rougher on the people you're arresting. going to the boy scouts jamboree and giving a political speech, my grandson was there so i was articularly conscious of that as a republican i'm concerned and troubled. and as an american citizen i'm concerned. i missing? what can you tell me, should i shouldn't be so troubled, why i have such concern, for the direction that we're going in this administration. good question.
[applause] your concern is well warranted. isolated by any means. i'm concerned. i'm concerned about the fact 4,152 presidential appointments and of those almost remain hem continue to vacant. i'm concerned about the fact that the administration has to serve in iduals the government in holdover positions that fundamentally their philosophy on job creation and stopping unitive action against small businesses. the administration is has not moved fast enough. that's failure of this administration. the administration did not do enough homework when it came to done.ng legislation i had the privilege of seeing senator lindsey graham two days me, corey, iid too want to help get healthcare done. grant the money from the federal government back to the states and if we can do that we can get this bill done. back in the money
control of the xwovs and let's make sure that everybody is on-board to do this and i said, like an that saundz amazing idea, why haven't we done this already? seven months in no signature piece of legislation that's gone through the congress. if you look at the dow, it had 29 records including week, 850,000 jobs have been created, fox com just billion a $10 investment, gbd in the second quarter is 2.6%, more than economicfirst quarter, indicators are good. but i'm very concerned about the fact that we're getting closer election cycle, and you're not going to believe this, members of congress are afraid. right? they are afraid for their own re-election campaigns and so are members of the u.s. senate, they don't want to take the tough votes. they want to kick that can down potentiallyil after they are reelected again because they don't want to have to piece of a tough legislation. we've made a pledge. you're going to get a healthcare reform bill done.
through the roof in places, small business owners are getting killed. we need to follow through on concerned thatry we have not been the administration -- the administration has not been aggressive enough in putting the people in place throughout the bureaucracy, and look, is the senate accountable for slow some of those, yes, they are. is, you know, did the president credit for getting gorsuch through the supreme court nomination, no, he did not. credit for nough personally intervening and having a hostage release from hadt, 30 year old woman who been in prison for three years and getting her out, no, he did not. story. day i think the change with general kelly coming in as the hief-of-staff, a four star marine corps buttoned up general, is exactly what this white house needs. person in place who is a lowered of men and women, who have been to the is a leader of the southern command, who, by all accounts, republicans and
alike, will tell you, he knows what he's doing. not chaos u need is in the white house. what you need is consistency. the president s focused on the big picture and implementing his agenda and you atv and jim kelly, from boston, is going to be the chief of the staff. not the chief of the president. he's going to go there and make sure that every piece of that's given to the president is tight and it's right and it's going to affect way.ountry in the right that's what he's going to do. my opinion, that move probably been made three months ago but here's where we are. it's the president's prerogative choose his chief-of-staff. i think we're going to see a dramatic change in the and implementation coming from the white house. let's be clear. team at the tions white house and sean spicer was a friend of mine and i'm known a long time, if you had told me the house of cards was going to write a cards and scaramucci would be the
and that we're going to lay out the next 11 days in the house of cards the producer it's say we can't do that, never going to happen. istake after mistake after mistake. it's time to understand, it's time to get to work. that's what the american people for and that's what they need and that's what the american mean deserve. self-ty. [applause] right.'s exactly you have to in my opinion have relation shichs with people in the house and net to get things dub. you can disagree on things. the american people are tired of a stagnant broken washington and it's time to bring people together, particularly the republicans, they have an bligation with a very short window, to get significant changes done and if they don't voters holdhope the them accountable. >> there is a quote that goes color of like, the your character is shown not when people see what you're doing but
when your by yourself. and my question is about golf. known trump said i'm going to be so busy working for y'all i will not have any time golf on vacations, which we've now found out is not true and he's getting ready to leave, in the next two weeks for a vayrynen kigs in new jersey. anyway, this is a man who cheats score, who drives his cart on the tee box and the his lie, why oves should we believe anything the be says if he can't even honest about his golf score? >> well, look, i have never president.f with the i'll tell you this. he's probably a three handicap. i don't know what that means but it's supposed to be really good. look, if you want to have a discussion we can have a discussion but i've never played ith the president, if you have and you've seen him drive on the green that he owns, maybe he should, you know, talk to the think he owns the place so he gets to drive but let me sayts
this, i've never played golf with the president. by all accounts, he's probably the best golfer as a president than we've ever seen. criteria to t the be a good president is, i don't think it is, i think what he he's played golf with the president of china, and he's played with potentially the prime minister and i think when ibay golfn florida, they played together, if we're going to criticize donald trump for need to olf, then we criticize obama for playing golf. that never occurred. [applause] you can't have it one way and >> good afternoon mr. lewandowski. sunday you appeared on meet the press and stated, it is my recommendation to the president
of the united states to fire richard cordray. who is chairman of the consumer financial protection bureau. this caused chuck todd to ask you whether you had a client who wants to see mr. cordray fired. you said "no, no. whatsoever."ents however, it was reported in the "new york times" on tuesday that among your new consulting companies clients is ohio-based community choice financial, a leader in the payday lending industry, which has faced heightened scrutiny by the consumer financial protection bureau to limit certain loan practices. we can all agree that truth and facts matter. my question for you is, yes or no, is community choice financial indeed one of your company's clients? corey: let me be as clear as i can be. as clear as i can be. whether richard cordray is the chairman of the cfpb or not the chairman, i do not make one dime on that decision, not one. let me go on to say richard
cordray on friday of last week received a hatch act violation notification because he is now campaigning for governor, sitting in a federal office. let me also remind you that the chairman of the house financial services committee on april 12 of this year, in a public hearing, called for richard cordray to be fired. there have been a dozen federal elected officials who have asked for cordray to be fired. whether richard cordray is the chairman of the cfp be or not, whether his roles are implemented or not, has zero impact in my personal wealth or well-being. but let me say this. richard cordray is an unelected bureaucrat. he is promulgating rules that will cost the taxpayers, not just money, but also jobs. my opinion is, richard cordray should be fired. if he wants to go and run for governor of ohio, then he should quit his position, like everybody else is required to
do, come back, campaign on the merits of his case, and let the people of ohio decide if he is the right candidate for governor. but to be an unelected bureaucrat, campaigning, we know that richard cordray is coming back to ohio in september to speak at a jefferson jackson dinner, where he is going to announce his candidacy. he has told a supreme court justice in the state of ohio he is running for governor. that is a hatch act violation. this is exactly -- >> you have not answered the question. corey: i have answered the question. i don't make one dime. not a dime. >> [inaudible] corey: i don't make a dime, is what i have said. not a dime. [applause] >> mr. lewandowski, my question is that your previous employer has opposed donald trump while he was running for president, and has not been a supporter at all. part one. part two, roger stone, i
have been to see his documentary about him. corey: you are the only one. >> that is neither here nor there. but in his quote, he says the people are so stupid they see somebody on television, there is so [indiscernible] irrelevant of the fact of what they are saying or not saying, that it is the lower educated people, the average worker, who will vote for donald trump. in his whole documentary, he has been supportive of donald trump since 1986 onward. how do you justify that statement, that the people who elected him, he is calling them the lowest common denominator that will elect donald trump? corey: the first part of your question, you are exactly right. the individuals from the koch political operation, americans for prosperity, did not support the trump political campaign. it is very clear. he is the president of the united states today.
i guess their influence or desire to support or not support didn't have a material outcome on the election. the second part is, i will never justify anything roger stone has to say. i don't agree with roger stone on anything. i will not be asked to justify anything yes to say. i can assure you, roger stone only speaks for roger stone, not anybody in the administration. >> thank you for being here. my name is laverne jones scored. gore.erne jones i want to ask you, how is the president's spirit? one of the things in my community, perhaps we were not with him in the beginning, but i am seeing the tide turned. we are a very conservative community. i just want to say god bless him, and thank him for all the things he has done for this country. [applause] but i would like to know how his spirit is for the things going on around him. corey: let me say this. i think nobody other than the 44 occupants of that office can tell you what it is like to be the president of the united states.
it must be a very, very, very difficult job for anybody. the president remains upbeat and hopeful. i also think he is a bit disappointed in the lack of progress he has been able to achieve. because as a business executive, you can traditionally make a decision and move forward, and that decision is going to be implemented. with the government it is more difficult. with all due respect to the president and his team that came with him, the top seven or eight individuals who came to the administration, had never in their lives, until the day they took office, had a .gov email address. they were all outsiders. from kellyanne conway to steve bannon, write down the list. it doesn't matter who it is. jared kushner, a vodka trump. never had a .gov email. there was a learning curve. i think he is a very optimistic person. i think he continues to be
optimistic. i think the pivot of a new chief of staff has brought a new sense to him of the ability to go in a -- to go get a legislative agenda done, which is something of the highest priority to him now. >> thanks for being here. one-word answer. will you please acknowledge that you decided not to answer that gentleman's question about the police and the jamboree, and this woman's question and -- question about whether or not -- is your company a client or not? not a dime, but are they a client? corey: do you want to ask -- -- and do you want me to answer in one word? it is a multiple part question. yes, police jamboree. no. if you want to have a discussion back and forth, we can do that, but let me tell you how it works. when you get the podium, you get to talk as long as you want. let me answer his question. i will be specific to his question. i thought i addressed his question and i am sorry if i didn't. i thought i was very fair in my criticism of the administration. if i did not fully address your question, i didn't know it was your job to make sure i
addressed his question. let me address it for you. do i -- should the president of the united states have given a political speech at the boy scouts? part of your question? i am sorry i overlooked that. i understand your grandson was there, thank you for his service. that is not my decision. it is the decision of the president of the united states. if he chooses to make a speech on a topic that he wants to choose, you can criticize him for that and hold him accountable for that. is the speech of the boy scouts the speech that was written for him and designed to be given at that location? i don't know. i don't work for the administration. but i can see the uproar. but why don't we talk about the fact that, i think i was not -- most people who attended that were boy scouts were thankful that the president of the united states took time out of his day to recognize their service to our great
country. maybe i am wrong. i would think that would be the larger context, the larger story is that the boy scouts who provide an amazing service were grateful that the president of the united states came to them and met with them, and spoke with them. maybe you have a different opinion of that. maybe his grandson has a different opinion. we will address that. the second part -- again, let me apologize. if the president said police officers should not put their hand on somebody's head as they put them in the car, if that is so egregious that that is what our discussion is about, not about north korea and guys who want to kill us. not about individuals -- north korea wants to kill us. don't kid yourself. if our conversation is about whether -- the police officer -- by the way, i was one. i don't know if you have ever served in a peace officer capacity, but i have as four years as a new hampshire state cop. i understand the protocols and
procedures and i think everybody should be treated with respect. i don't think the president said anything other than that. if he intimated that maybe you don't put your hand on the head of a murderer as you put in the back of the car -- i know what protocol is and i understand what the police department is going to continue to do regardless of what the president says you could or could not do. [applause] announcer: next, president trump comments on violence during protests in charlottesville virginia and signs ava health care extension bill into law. then from day three of the net roots nation conference in atlanta, remarks by massachusetts senator elizabeth warren and former vice president al gore. president trump has signed into law an extension of a program that allows veterans to receive private health care outside of the a facilities. he also commented on violence that occurred at white nationalist protests in charlottesville, virginia.