When I was younger, I loved playing Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego, a computer game in which you scoured the earth, assembling clues to uncover the location of the mysterious Carmen. Recently, the media has been playing their own version of the same game, albeit with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. It's not that Lewandowski is lost. It's that he keeps popping up in the same interesting place: Trump Tower. His recent comings and goings have many wondering if Lewandowski will be in Donald Trump's Cabinet.
It has been widely reported that Lewandowski remained close to Trump and many of his former colleagues after being fired in June. In late October, Lewandowski traveled by plane to New Hampshire with Trump and Stephen K. Bannon, Trump's chief campaign executive, the New York Times reported. Recently, however, Lewandowski has reportedly been seen coming in and out of Trump Tower in Manhattan, the location of Trump's transition meetings.
Further fueling speculation that Lewandowski might be preparing to take on a position within Trump's administration is the fact the former Trump campaign manager abruptly resigned from his controversial position as a political commentator for CNN on Friday, a few hours after being spotted at, you guessed it, Trump Tower.
While talk of Lewandowski taking on a role within the Trump administration is purely speculation at this point, his name has been floated in relation to both a potential senior adviser role and as a potential candidate to replace Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who is reportedly being eyed for a job as White House chief of staff.
CNN hired Lewandowski in June, just three days after he'd been let go by the Trump campaign. It was a controversial move that many questioned, although CNN President Jeff Zucker argued it would bring ideological diversity to the network. Reports that Lewandowski was limited in his ability to speak on Trump by a non-disclosure agreement and continued to receive severance payments from the Trump campaign while at CNN continued to make the network's decision a target of criticism.
Lewandowski had been released from the Trump campaign a few weeks after former Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields alleged he had grabbed her at a Trump rally in Florida. Ultimately, authorities decided not to prosecute Lewandowski on charges of simple assault, citing a lack of evidence.
Although it's obvious Lewandowski is gearing up for a career change of some kind, it's unclear at this point if he'll really be taking on a role in the Trump administration. Could we be seeing Lewandowski around the White House come January?