Priebus: John Lewis's comments 'irresponsible'

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Sunday that Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is "irresponsible" for saying he does not view President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE as a “legitimate president.”

“The truth is it’s irresponsible for John Lewis, historic as he is, to have done this,” Priebus told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Lewis said in an interview with “Meet the Press” released Friday that he would not be attending the Jan. 20 inauguration, adding that he does not see Trump’s as a “legitimate president.”


Trump took to Twitter early Saturday to criticize Lewis for the comment.

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!” Trump said in several tweets. 

Priebus added in the NBC interview that Lewis should not be questioning the legitimacy of Trump’s win days before the inauguration.

“It doesn’t excuse the fact that his statement is not responsible and it’s not right,” he said, referencing Lewis’s status as a civil rights icon.