WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump is throwing his support behind his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who’s considering a run for Senate in his home state of New Hampshire.
Trump praised Lewandowski as “a very outstanding guy” in an interview on the “New Hampshire Today” radio show before his rally in the state Thursday evening.
The Republican president says that he doesn’t think Lewandowski has made up his mind about a run but that if he ran and won the seat he’d be a great senator.
President Trump, in a radio interview with “New Hampshire Today,” says Corey Lewandowski “would be a great senator” pic.twitter.com/SmDZzc2tjm
— Ben Gittleson (@bgittleson) August 15, 2019
Two prominent Republicans already have announced campaigns to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: retired Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc and former New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O’Brien.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tells Fox News Channel she thinks Lewandowski could “absolutely” win.
Trump asked Lewandowski to lead his campaign in January 2015, about half a year before Trump announced his bid, Lowell Sun reported.
Lewandowski successfully led the campaign through crowded Republican primaries, but was fired by Trump in June 2016 after reportedly clashing with then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Days later, Lewandowski was hired as a political commentator by CNN, but left days after Trump was elected president.
He’s remained a staunch Trump supporter, authoring, with David Bossie, a memoir about the 2016 presidential campaign called “Let Trump Be Trump.”
In 2018, he frequently made appearances on Fox News as a political commentator, weighing in on the alleged politically motivated abuse of government surveillance to spy on the Trump campaign by the previous administration in collusion with the Hillary Clinton campaign.
In March 2016, Lewandowski was charged with simple battery for grabbing a Breitbart reporter by the arm at a press conference. The charge was later dismissed.
Epoch Times reporter Petr Svab contributed to this article.