Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE's fired campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, in an interview Monday denied he is a "hothead" who mistreated staff, saying his outbursts were part of his push for perfection.


"I think I'm a very intense person and my expectation is perfection, because I think that's what Mr. Trump deserves," Lewandowski told CNN's Dana Bash.

"Leadership starts at the top, and I see what he's put into the campaign and when I see someone who I don't think is working as hard as the person who's funding the campaign ... yeah, that bothers me."

In a near half-hour interview with Bash, Lewandowski defended himself against charges that he had failed to build an adequate campaign structure and that he was a yes man who fed Trump's worst instincts, such as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's attacks on a federal judge for his "Mexican heritage."

Lewandowski was unfailing loyal to Trump during the CNN interview, saying there are no hard feelings and insisting that his last conversation with the billionaire was a pleasant one.

Asked whether Trump called him Monday morning to say "you're fired," Lewandowski replied, "I had a nice conversation with Mr. Trump."

Lewandowski also denied there was any tension between himself and Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, or her husband, Jared Kushner. There have been reports that both were instrumental in pushing Trump to fire Lewandowski.  

Lewandowski denied reports that he tried to plant negative stories about Kushner, adding that he had a close working relationship with both him and Trump's family.

"I said to [Trump], it's been an honor and a privilege to be part of this, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart," Lewandowski said of his final conversation with Trump.