Donald Trump defended his campaign manager that’s been accused of assaulting Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at a recent event in Florida, saying Thursday after the GOP debate that “nobody saw anything.”
Corey Lewandowski, according to multiple reports, seized Fields by the arm Tuesday in Jupiter, Florida, as she approached Trump for a question and thrust her to the side with enough force that it left a bruise. Fields said herself it left her shaken.
Lewandowski reportedly acknowledged the incident to Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle, telling the pro-Trump reporter that he didn’t recognize Fields as being from Trump-friendly Breitbart, but then on Thursday he tweeted out that Fields was an attention-seeker.
“I don’t know anything about it,” Trump said, when asked about it by NBC’s Katy Tur. “I can tell you Corey’s just an incredible guy. I don’t think he would ever do a thing like that, and we were surrounded. I believe I was in the middle of a lot of Secret Service agents, and they all said they never saw anything, and these are very honorable guys … Nobody saw anything, and to the best of my knowledge, there’s no pictures.”
Breitbart wanted an apology from Trump’s campaign, but Trump said he wouldn’t apologize for something he couldn’t be sure took place.
“I like Breitbart, but you can never apologize unless you’re wrong,” Trump said.
Tur told Trump that Fields had posted a photo of bruises on her arm as proof.
“Well I don’t know, how did they get there? Huh? Do you know how they got there?” Trump asked.
“I’m just saying what’s being reported and what’s being alleged right now,” Tur said.
“You tell me how they got there,” Trump said. “I have Secret Service agents all over. I have cameras all over. Nobody saw it happen. Nobody complained. I know this guy, and he’s a fantastic guy.”
Tur asked what Trump would do if it turned out to be proven that Lewandowski had hurt Fields. Trump replied by asking Tur if she would apologize to Lewandowski if the allegations were false.
“I won’t apologize, but I’ll report that nothing happened, certainly,” Tur said.
“Goodbye,” Trump said, turning away.
In a separate interview, Trump said he suspected Fields made the story up.
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) March 11, 2016