Former Donald Trump campaign manager: Trump and Putin 'share same aims on Syria'

Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Credit: ITV News

US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have a "mutual respect for each other" and want to work together to "eradicate problems", according to Mr Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Speaking to ITV News' International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar, Mr Lewandowski said Trump particularly hopes to work with Putin in Syria.

Despite being fired from the Presidential campaign in June, Mr Lewandowski said he has been in frequent contact with Mr Trump especially since he was elected.

But in an interview with Good Morning Britain he would not be drawn on whether he would soon be working again for Mr Trump.

However, he was quick to defend Mr Trump's views on immigration which have caused division in America, especially his plan strongly vet new arrivals and building a wall on the border with Mexico.

He said: "We're a country of immigrants, always have been, but what we want to make sure is that we're vetting those people properly.> And I think what we're asking for is some vetting, a vetting process that allows people to understand what the background of those people are.> And you have to follow the rules. You can't just come across the border and become a US citizen without following the rules."