Former President Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski blamed Reince Priebus for leaks from the White House, saying he was “ultimately responsible” in a “Fox & Friends” interview Tuesday.
“If Reince couldn’t control those leaks and those leaks continued to permeate, then he was the one who was ultimately responsible, and Gen. [John] Kelly was brought in to make sure those leaks do not continue,” Lewandowski said when asked why Priebus was fired as White House chief of staff.
.@CLewandowski_: Priebus was at the top of the food chain. If he couldn’t control the leaks, he was ultimately responsible. pic.twitter.com/j1MuQhQYto
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 1, 2017
Lewandowski’s comments come after President Trump announced via Twitter that Priebus would be replaced by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as chief of staff. Priebus was removed when his feud with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci apparently reached a breaking point.
Kelly quickly fired Scaramucci after taking office, following the communications director’s profanity-laced rant to The New Yorker about Priebus and other key White House staff.
Lewandowski said, “I think the president’s frustration was probably with the amount of leaking coming from the White House,” and that as chief of staff Priebus was “the top of the food chain. The person who’s on the top of this is going to be responsible for everything that happens down further.”