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Former Trump campaign manager visits Naples

Posted at 10:26 PM, Feb 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-16 22:25:56-05

Corey Lewandowski, President Trump's former campaign manager was the keynote speaker at the Collier County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Dinner Friday.

"For 30 years, Republicans and Democrats have lied to us, so now it's time to put things in place," said Lewandowski, defending Trump's record during his first year in office.

Lewandowski served as Trump's campaign manager from the start of the campaign until April 2016.

"I think if  you've been able to look at what he's been able to accomplish really in the first 14 months of his administration, you look at the largest tax cut in our nation's history, that's called governing."

He also said the president never colluded with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election.

"I sat there every day, we never spoke to Russians that I know of, he never communicated, we never coordinated with anybody."

But Lewandowksi says the administration has made some mistakes, most recently by allowing staffer Rob Porter to work in the White House despite domestic violence allegations against him.

"His ex-wives have been on the record saying that they made the FBI aware of those allegations, it seems there were individuals in the White House who were aware of them.  They need to do better."

The administration under fire again after President Trump waited a day before addressing the nation about the Parkland shooting.

"Everyone makes mistakes, it's easy to be the Monday morning quarterback and criticize for not having an answer that somebody else thinks they should have had."

Lewandowski says he believes when the dust settles, Trump will win reelection in  2020, no matter who he runs against.