Lewandowski: Russian election meddling ‘issue is officially dead’

Lewandowski: Russian election meddling ‘issue is officially dead’
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Corey Lewandowski said Sunday the Russian election meddling "issue is officially dead" after President Trump discussed the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their closed-door meeting at the G-20 summit.

"Now, the president is taking this issue directly to the president of Russia and raised it, so now I think the issue is officially dead," Lewandowski, who served as Trump's campaign manager, said on "Fox & Friends." 

Lewandowski pointed to Putin's denial of interfering in the presidential election.

He said Trump went straight to Putin, "and pressed him very tough to find out if Russia had anything to do with the outcome of the U.S. election."

"And from what Vladimir Putin said, the answer is 'no,'" Lewandowski added.

Lewandowski also went after the press for creating a "false narrative" and former President Obama for doing "nothing" after being briefed last year that Russia may attempt to interfere.

"Well, you guys know this better than anybody, but the mainstream media and the liberal left wants to continue to perpetuate a false narrative," he said.

"What we now know is that Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhy did it take so long for Trump to drain the swamp of Pruitt? President Trump is tougher on Russia in 18 months than Obama in eight years Obama in Kenya for launch of sister’s sports center MORE was the one who was informed in August of last year, before the election that Russia was trying to interfere in the elections and did nothing about it," Lewandowski continued. 

The New York Times reported Saturday that Trump pressed Putin on the issue for 40 minutes during a meeting that lasted over two hours. Critics, however, have questioned how strongly Trump questioned the Kremlin leader on the matter.

Their meeting comes amid both congressional and federal probes investigating whether Russia interfered in the election.