Donald Trump’s spokeswoman Katrina Pierson defended campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who was charged with battery over grabbing a former Breitbart reporter’s arm, claiming, “we actually have total confidence in our campaign manager.”
In an interview on CNN’s “Wolf” on Tuesday, Pierson said “this is no different” to incidents “when I am in the middle of the scrum and get smacked around by television networks. I don’t go and sue the television network because I have a cut on my arm from a camera.” (RELATED: Trump Campaign Manager Charged With Battery Over Grabbing Reporter’s Arm)
Host Wolf Blitzer asked Pierson, “So what’s the official word? Is he going to keep his job, is he going to take a leave of absence? Does Donald Trump have total confidence in his campaign manager?”
“Yes, we actually have total confidence in our campaign manager,” Pierson replied, “And we feel that he’s going to be exonerated.”
“Everyone knows at these type of scrum events there is some jostling around and pushing and the second you cross that Secret Service threshold, you will be moved away from the candidate. This is not new,” Pierson insisted. “Corey Lewandowski is going to beat this. He will plead not guilty and we will have to let the process play out.”
Pierson then said that “absolutely” Lewandowski would keep his job as campaign manager until the legal matter is resolved.
The incident surrounds former Breitbart reporter Michell Fields, who has worked for The Daily Caller, who was allegedly grabbed on the arm by Trump’s campaign manager on March 8. (RELATED: Watch The Surveillance Video)