Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski still advises President Trump in an informal capacity, but he was just fired from One America News Network (OANN), according to news reports.
Lewandowski began working for the right-leaning cable television channel in January. Three unidentified sources from The Daily Beast say that the network’s management didn’t appreciate seeing him appear as a guest on other stations, so they let him go.
OANN’s chief executive Robert Herring said he had no reason to deny reports blaming time Lewandowski spent appearing on competing networks such as Fox News.
The conservative network was launched in 2013 as an alternative to Fox News. The network reportedly only reaches 15 million out of the 100 million homes in America that most networks reach. Earlier this year, OANN attempted to bring Bill O’Reilly on board after he was fired from Fox News but ended up pulling the offer to the popular commentator.
The small network’s biggest claim to fame is the fact that they launched the career of one of the most prominent conservative female pundits to emerge since just before Trump took office: Tomi Lahren. Hiring Lewandowksi was another shot in the arm as it attempted to break through among the more established cable networks.
“We got a lot of help from [Corey] in the past, and he seems like a very nice guy and very knowledgeable,” Herring told The Daily Beast back in January. “You know, we’re a growing network, and we saw a chance when he quit CNN and we just grabbed it.”
Lewandowski served as Trump’s campaign manager from January 2015 to June 2016. He was then let go in favor of Paul Manafort.
Lewandowski briefly appeared on CNN as a political analyst in the lead up to the 2016 election before starting his own consulting firm, Avenue Strategies, in December. Increased pressure from advocacy groups concerned about conflicts of interest influenced Lewandowski’s decision to leave the company in May.
Earlier Tuesday, Lewandowski commented to Fox News about Reince Priebus’s own firing from his Chief of Staff position. Lewandowski said it was because of leaks coming from the White House on his watch.
“If Reince couldn’t control those leaks and those leaks continued to permeate, then he was the one who was ultimately responsible, and General Kelly was brought in to make sure those leaks do not continue,” Lewandowski explained.
Lewandowski discussed the situation just after President Trump announced via Twitter that Priebus would be replaced by retired Marine General John Kelly as chief of staff. He said Priebus was dismissed from his role as chief of staff as a result of a nasty feud with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who suggested he was the source of most leaks.
Scaramucci was immediately fired after Kelly took office, with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stating that the reason for his ouster was a profanity-laced rant he made to a reporter from The New Yorker about Priebus and other key White House staff, which was promptly published last week.
Lewandowski said, “I think the president’s frustration was probably with the amount of leaking coming from the White House.” He noted that as chief of staff, Priebus was “the top of the food chain, and the person who’s on the top of this is going to be responsible for everything that happens down further.”
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