The top aide to President Donald Trump said he wore a black hat at campaign events during the election because it was a symbol of respect.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said he thought it was an important symbol of being a Trump supporter.
“You don’t want to be a Trump hat wearer, but it’s something that you can’t ignore,” Lewandowski told Tapper.
“We were really, really proud of the way that we brought people into our campaign that are not politically connected, that were not politically active,” he said.
“That’s what was really, honestly, the biggest thing that we had to bring into the campaign was our respect for law enforcement and people in the community.
It was really important for us to be respectful of the police officers.”
Lewandowski said Trump did not know about the hats at the time and was just “a regular guy.”
“When I wore a hat, it was because I was a Trump fan,” Lewandosaid.
“If it wasn’t for the hat, I wouldn’t have worn it.”
Trump was in Iowa to attend the first-in-the-nation caucuses.
He later spoke to reporters about the situation and said he had no regrets.
“I don’t have any regrets about wearing a hat,” Trump said.
He added that he did not feel “in any way bad about it” because the hat was “very important.”
“We have people out there that are very violent.
We have people that are doing bad things,” Trump told reporters.
“And you know, it’s really not a good look for us.”