President Donald Trump doing without his White House chief of staff John Kelly is “a scenario that could very well play out,” former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Sunday
In remarks to NBC News’ "Meet The Press," Lewandowski responded to former top aide Stephen Bannon’s suggestion that if Kelly left, there won’t be a replacement chosen.
“I think that's a scenario that could very well play out,” Lewandowski said. “We know that John F. Kennedy didn't have a chief of staff his entire presidency, he had it for a period of time. Jimmy Carter to a lesser extent, the same thing.
“But the difference with this president is he is the decision-maker and he loves to have all of the information brought to him.
“I see him as the hub with a number of spokes coming out. I'm not advocating for Gen. Kelly to leave, I think he should stay. But if he were to go I don't think there's one person that is the chosen one to step in and fill that role. So I could see a scenario where the president is giving instructions to a small core group of individuals who are implementing on his behalf.”
Lewandowski was Trump’s first presidential campaign manager, heading the operation from January 2015 to June 2016, through the crucial primaries that won him the Republican nomination. He was replaced by Paul Manafort.
Remaining a staunch defender of the president and his administration, Lewandowski has since co-authored the book, with David Bossie, “Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency.”
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