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Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for Donald Trump, speaks with N.H. Republicans at the Wentworth by the Sea. (Dan Tuohy/UNION LEADER)

Lewandowski says media has 'false narrative' on Trump's first 100 days


NEW CASTLE — As President Donald Trump both promotes and downplays his first 100 days in office, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has a thing or two to say about expectations for a leader he likens to American Pharoah, the Triple Crown winning racehorse.

“There’s a false narrative from the mainstream media that we’re going to hit this 100-day marker and it’s going to be the worst administration for the first 100 days ever,” Lewandowski said Thursday night at the Rockingham County Republican Committee’s Freedom Founders Dinner.

“Let’s look back,” he said. “I think Abraham Lincoln had a state secede from the union in the first 100 days. That’s a pretty bad first 100 days, right? I think JFK might have had something called the Bay of Pigs.”

Lewandowski, a Windham resident, told the sold-out crowd at the Wentworth by the Sea that Trump would make good on campaign promises, including another run at repealing and replacing Obamacare, possibly next week, followed by tax reform and a massive investment in infrastructure.

Last year, Trump announced a 100-day action plan to “Make America great again.” On Friday, he called the 100-day period a “ridiculous standard.”

Lewandowski was fired as campaign manager before the Republican National Convention last summer. He now runs a government affairs firm but keeps in touch with the President. He said Trump has followed through on goals, including withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, steps to begin removing “criminal illegal aliens” from the country and cut funding for sanctuary cities, and confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to succeed Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lewandowski said the Constitution is clear that Trump, like Presidents before him, has the authority to curtail immigration from dangerous regions.

“Now that we have a full complement at the Supreme Court, they will look at this executive order and they will rule that the President has the legal authority to suspend immigration from terror prone countries where we cannot properly vet people,” he said.

In a ballroom where he knew most Republicans by name, Lewandowski waxed nostalgic as he recalled Trump’s campaign, his New Hampshire primary victory, and his never-ending battle with the press.

“What the media missed this election cycle,” he said, “was that Donald Trump was authentic, and he was effective at his message, and he was willing to fight for what he believed in, even when the media didn’t think it was right. And that’s what propelled him to become, what we dubbed as the blue-collar billionaire.”

He said the 70-year-old candidate out-paced his staff.

“He’s a lot like American Pharoah, the great race horse,” Lewandowski said. “You don’t see them often, but when you do, you know a winner when you see it. And Donald Trump was always willing to do whatever it took to get the job done.”

Throughout, he added, Trump worked against what he said was pervasive media bias.

“As President Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he has received by far the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American President,” Lewandowski said.

dtuohy@unionleader.com


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