Lewandowski Defends Trump's Congratulatory Call to Putin: We Need Russia's Help on ISIS, North Korea
President Trump is drawing criticism from lawmakers for his congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin, despite the Russian president's reelection being widely viewed as fraudulent.
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said on “America’s Newsroom” Wednesday that he believes it was necessary for Trump to make the congratulatory phone call in order to foster cooperation with Russia on a host of issues.
“We need the help and support of Vladimir Putin to make sure that ISIS is wiped off the face of the Earth and that Kim Jong Un is not going to use a nuclear weapon against other countries,” he said.
Sandra Smith cited criticisms from Sens. John McCain (R-Az.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), noting that many have called Putin's reelection a "sham."
On Monday, Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) called the win a “farce” due to Putin’s lack of competition.
An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election. https://t.co/lcQTBi7CA1
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 20, 2018
It took President Trump less than 48 hours to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his election. Yet after 14 months, he still refuses to take any concrete steps to prevent foreign interference in the 2018 elections. #ProtectOurDemocracy
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) March 20, 2018
Congratulations to Russian President Putin on his Fake Victory in the Fake Election.
Heaven help the 25% who didn't vote for him! https://t.co/4LeTlendVf
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 19, 2018
Vladimir Putin does not deserve congratulations for his sham reelection. He made the outcome inevitable by silencing and disqualifying any credible opposition.
— Ed Royce (@RepEdRoyce) March 20, 2018
“Why don’t we want to try and have a relationship with other countries when it is to the best interest of the United States, where we can mutually work together for a common goal?” Lewandowski asked Wednesday.
Smith also asked Lewandowski about Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation, to which he said there should be a finite end date now that no evidence of collusion in the 2016 election has been found.
“We’ve spent millions of taxpayer dollars [on the investigation], there has been no collusion shown between the Trump campaign and Russians and Russian officials in any way, shape or form,” Lewandowski said.
“I was there. It didn’t happen.”