Lewandowski: Priebus 'ultimately responsible' for White House leaks

Lewandowski: Priebus 'ultimately responsible' for White House leaks

Former President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - Mask mandates, restrictions issued as COVID-19 spreads Trump shakes up campaign leadership, demotes Parscale Trump World boils over as campaign hits skids MORE blamed Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusMeadows joins White House facing reelection challenges Trump names Mark Meadows as new chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's job security looks strong following impeachment MORE for leaks from the White House, saying he was "ultimately responsible" in a "Fox & Friends" interview Tuesday. 

"If Reince couldn't control those leaks and those leaks continued to permeate, then he was the one who was ultimately responsible, and Gen. [John] Kelly was brought in to make sure those leaks do not continue," Lewandowski said when asked why Priebus was fired as White House chief of staff. 

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Lewandowski's comments come after President Trump announced via Twitter that Priebus would be replaced by Homeland Security Secretary John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE as chief of staff. Priebus was removed when his feud with former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciThe Memo: Convention cancellation adds to Trump's troubles Trump's fight with city leaders escalates Scaramucci fundraising for the Lincoln Project: I hope Trump is 'humiliated' in November MORE apparently reached a breaking point.

Kelly quickly fired Scaramucci after taking office, following the communications director's profanity-laced rant to The New Yorker about Priebus and other key White House staff. 

Lewandowski said, "I think the president's frustration was probably with the amount of leaking coming from the White House," and that as chief of staff Priebus was "the top of the food chain. The person who's on the top of this is going to be responsible for everything that happens down further."