- Drew Angerer
Corey Lewandowski, the controversial former campaign manager for President-elect Donald Trump, announced Wednesday he is opening a political consulting firm down the block from the White House.
The former campaign manager and CNN contributor launched Avenue Strategies, which opened Wednesday, and will be joined by Barry Bennett, a Trump senior adviser who was formerly campaign manager for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
“I will always be President-elect Trump’s biggest supporter,” Lewandowski said in the news release. “After considering multiple opportunities within the administration, I informed him and his team I think I can best help him outside the formal structure of the government. I very much look forward to doing that every day.”
The group’s stated goal is to “ensure the president-elect’s agenda is achieved.”
The firm is located at 1717 Pennsylvania Ave., right down the street from the White House.
Politico reported Tuesday that Lewandowski was not expected to be included in the first wave of White House jobs.
Lewandowski was let go by the Trump campaign after it went into a tailspin in early June, following a lengthy power struggle with Paul Manafort, then the Trump campaign chair, as well as controversy surrounding his grabbing of a Breitbart News reporter at a Trump event.