About an hour into his recent remarks at a Michigan rally, President Donald Trump casually segued from foreign policy to re-introducing his formerly fired 2016 campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, as a hard working, political mastermind who helped him win the White House.

“We’re not the patsies anymore. We’re not the pushovers anymore,” Trump told the crowd. “By the way, speaking of not being a patsy or a pushover, you ever watch Corey Lewandowski on the shows? Where’s Corey? Corey!”

The Corey Lewandowski comeback is afoot. The hard-nosed, conflict-prone political operative, who was unceremoniously fired by Trump’s adult children months before the 2016 election and then isolated from the president — at least through official channels — is trying to show he can be a useful, well-behaved team player.