- The Washington Times - Monday, July 10, 2017

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said CNN should be prepared to lose its war with President Trump, saying the president is a natural born winner who will expose the network’s bias and bring down its ratings.

“I was there when we turned the lights on for the presidential campaign, when they told us that Donald Trump didn’t have a chance, that he’d never win. And he said, ‘never give up,’” Mr. Lewandowski said on the “Breitbart News Saturday” radio program.

“I think I would never bet against Donald Trump,” he said. “He is a winner at everything he’s tried to accomplish, whether that’s in the literary world, the television world, whether it’s in cutthroat New York real estate business. I would never count him out.”

Mr. Lewandowski, a Fox News commentator who served a brief stint at CNN in 2016, said the president’s feud with the network is helping to hold it accountable.

“At the end of the day, the fight that he has ongoing with CNN is holding CNN accountable and my guess is their ratings will continue to fall, because if you look at the public polling, people no longer believe that they are an unbiased news source,” he said.

“I saw Jim Acosta’s tweet just two days ago when he said the president was only taking questions from friendly reporters to the White House,” he continued. “Well, I don’t think Hallie Jackson of NBC and MSNBC is a friendly reporter to the White House. This is, once again, CNN not trying to report the news but to be the news. And I think at the end of the day, they will lose.”

Mr. Trump has repeatedly characterized CNN as “fake news” and recently tweeted an altered video of himself body slamming a WWE wrestler with the “CNN” logo on his face. Some reporters interpreted the tweet as a threat and accused the president of trying to delegitimize the press.

Mr. Lewandowski said that despite Mr. Trump’s uphill climb with the left-leaning media, the president is still fulfilling his campaign promises of adding jobs and getting the economy back on the right track.

“The stock market is through the roof, job creation numbers are greater than ever anticipated and what that means for the economy is we won’t grow at one percent anymore, we’re going to grow at three or four or five percent. And that will also help reduce our 20 trillion-dollar deficit,” he said.

“This is clearly a promises made, promises kept scenario,” he said.

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