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Hiring Lewandowski to Lobby Hasn’t Saved Puerto Rico From Mean Trump Tweets

  • Former Trump campaign manager has $125,000 island agreement
  • Lewandowski’s firm hired to get more funding for Puerto Rico
Corey Lewandowski at Trump Tower in New York on Nov. 28, 2016.

Corey Lewandowski at Trump Tower in New York on Nov. 28, 2016.

Photographer: Anthony Behar/Pool via Bloomberg

Puerto Rico hired President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, to work his influence in Washington. But by Thursday afternoon, all the distressed island got from the Commander in Chief was dismissive tweets.

As Congress raced to cobble together a budget deal to prevent a government shutdown, Trump lashed out at Democrats, claiming they are seeking to use the negotiations to “bail out” the crisis-wracked territory. That put him at odds with Lewandowski’s lobbying firm, Avenue Strategies, which was hired to help Puerto Rico procure additional funds from Congress and promote the island’s interests in the nation’s capital, according to a review of the agreement provided by the island’s Office of the Comptroller.