Trump's top aides, including one he fired, praise his loyalty

Donald Trump, as is well known, demands total loyalty from his subordinates. It is less well-known that he is extremely loyal to them in exchange, perhaps because he has fired so many of them, but it's the truth, according to two former top aides who were interviewed by Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff.

The two — former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and his deputy David Bossie — are the authors of a just-published campaign memoir, "Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency." They describe the president's loyalty in glowing terms — notwithstanding that Lewandowski was fired during the campaign and that neither of them received the high-level White House jobs they were promised.

According to their book, Trump was angry over White House leaks to the media when he informed the pair they wouldn't be getting the positions they had been told to expect — Bossie as deputy chief of staff and Lewandowski as a senior adviser overseeing political operations and presidential appointments. They describe this as one in a series of "What the f*** just happened" moments.

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski (L) looks on as Trump speaks about the results of the Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri primary elections during a news conference held at his Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. on March 15, 2016.

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Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, center, pauses while speaking during a news conference with his son Eric Trump, center right, and Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for Trump, center left, at the Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Billionaire Trump fell short of his goal of winning the two key states he needed to clear most of the Republican presidential field, securing a huge victory in Florida to knock out Senator Marco Rubio while losing Ohio to Governor John Kasich.

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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski (C) is seen allegedly grabbing the arm of reporter Michelle Fields in this still frame from video taken March 8, 2016 and released by the Jupiter Police Department March 29, 2016. Lewandowski, 42, was arrested in Florida on Tuesday and charged with battery, police records show.

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"I'm doing a great job, but my staff sucks," the president said.

But speaking with Isikoff, both had only kind words for Trump, saying they have stayed in touch with him and that having been spared a grueling White House job means they have more time to spend with their young families.

Lewandowski said he still speaks with Trump "a lot" and that the two had lunch together last Thursday. He was fired from the campaign in June 2016 over what reports said were concerns he was not equipped to handle a national race against Hillary Clinton. Earlier, however, Trump had stood by him when he was accused of "a gross misinjustice" involving allegations that he had manhandled a female reporter from the Breitbart website. "Any other candidate in their right mind would have fired me on the spot and destroyed my life and my family's life," Lewandowski recounted. But Trump said, "I could fire Corey, but I'm gonna stand by him and make sure this incident doesn't ruin his life forever."

"And that is loyalty."

Earlier this year Lewandowski was hired as a senior adviser and spokesperson for the pro-Trump super-PAC America First Action.

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PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 11: Corey Lewandowski campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with the media before former presidential candidate Ben Carson gives his endorsement to Mr. Trump at the Mar-A-Lago Club on March 11, 2016 in Palm Beach, Florida. Presidential candidates continue to campaign before Florida's March 15th primary day. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, center, pauses while speaking during a news conference with his son Eric Trump, right, and Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for Trump, left, at the Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Billionaire Trump fell short of his goal of winning the two key states he needed to clear most of the Republican presidential field, securing a huge victory in Florida to knock out Senator Marco Rubio while losing Ohio to Governor John Kasich. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks to members of the media before a news conference at the Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., on Friday, March 11, 2016. Ben Carson, who recently ended his quest for Republican presidential nomination, endorsed his onetime rival Donald Trump Friday striking a blow to presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz, who had courted Carson because they appeal to many of the same religious-minded voters. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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"We could work in the [White House] if we wanted to," Bossie said. "At a certain point in time we could have. Today, I have no idea."

Bossie's loyalty extends to following Trump's lead in backing Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate who has been accused of sexual impropriety with teenage girls.

"I would," said Bossie when asked by Yahoo News' Michael Isikoff if he would vote for Moore if he could. (Bossie lives in Maryland, although he has a vacation home in Alabama.) "He's been accused. A lot of people get accused of things that they're not guilty of. I'm a little old school, I have a teenage daughter, almost another one, I have three daughters so I'm like a lot of dads, I think, it's not a good thing to want to see happening. But we have to keep in context, we can deal with Roy Moore once he gets here, and I think the people of Alabama get to decide."

Lewandowski also added that there should be a limit on the time and money spent on independent counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Both Bossie and Lewandowski emphasized that the charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign policy adviser George Papadopoulos were not for their contacts with Russia but for lying to the FBI.

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