President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is being criticized for what some are calling a coarse response to disturbing news.
Lewandowski, who was Trump’s campaign manager before being fired in 2016, paid a visit to Fox News on Tuesday night, where he discussed the Trump administration’s widely protested policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border.
After learning that a 10-year-old girl with Down’s Syndrome had been separated from her mother at the U.S.-Mexico border, Lewandowski replied, “Womp womp,” The Guardian reports.
Lewandowski’s comment sparked immense outrage on social media, making headlines amid continued criticism of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s steadfast defense of the policy led to her being booed out of a Mexican restaurant on Tuesday.
Despite widespread criticism, Lewandowski stood by his remarks.
During an encore appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, Lewandowski opted not to apologize when asked if he would like to, CNN reports.
“An apology?” he said. “I owe an apology to the children whose parents are putting them in a position that is forcing them to be separated.”
“We owe an apology to Jamiel Shaw and Brian Terry and Kate Steinle's family who have allowed those individuals to be killed by illegal aliens,” he continued, referring to two American citizens — Shaw and Steinle — who were murdered by immigrants who had illegally entered the country, and a Border Patrol agent, Terry, who was shot and killed during a gunfight between Border Patrol and robbers on the southern border.
“The American people owe an apology to those people. When you cross the border illegally you have committed a crime and there is accountability for committing crimes and there should be.”
[Photo: Corey Lewandowski visits Fox Business Network with Lou Dobbs at Fox Studios on May 10, 2016 in New York City. By John Lamparski/Getty Images]