Corey Lewandowski, the former campaign manager for President-elect Donald Trump, said "draining the swamp" isn't high on the list of priorities for the incoming president.
“I think if you had to put them in a chronological order, ‘drain the swamp’ is probably somewhere down on the bottom, as opposed to getting tax reform done, making sure middle class people have more jobs, making sure we’re re-negotiating our bad trade deals, ensuring that we’re fixing Obamacare,” Lewandowski told “Fox & Friends,” according to The Washington Times.
He continued: “I think at the end of the day, it’s about the economy. It’s about creating jobs, it’s about fixing the bad trade deals. So draining the swamp is a larger narrative, but what it’s really about is putting people back to work.”
Former Republican House Speaker and Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich also said the president-elect was no longer interested in using the catchphrase.
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“I'm told he now just disclaims that,” Gingrich told NPR. “He now says it was cute, but he doesn't want to use it anymore.”
But Trump took to Twitter to hit back at the rumors that seem to be coming from his own inner circle.
“Someone incorrectly stated that the phrase 'DRAIN THE SWAMP' was no longer being used by me,” Trump wrote. “Actually, we will always be trying to DTS.
On Nov. 4, Trump told a group of supporters that he didn't care much for the slogan at first.
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"Isn't it amazing how this phrase has caught on? I didn't like it, I thought it was corny," Trump told the crowd, according to the Washington Examiner. "I thought it was really sort of a corny phrase, I didn't like it."
He added: "But Frank Sinatra didn't like 'My Way.' He didn't like it — 'til he sang it. The audience went crazy. He sang it again. Became No. 1, all of a sudden he liked it very much."