Out with the old, in with the hopes of beating Hillary
According to the New York Times, Trump’s campaign has fired their campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.
Maggie Haberman reports:
“The Donald J. Trump Campaign for President, which has set a historic record in the Republican primary having received almost 14 million votes, has today announced that Corey Lewandowski will no longer be working with the campaign,” the campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said in a statement. “The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.”
Mr. Trump had faced increasing concerns from allies and donors, as well as his children, about the next phase of the campaign as he pivots toward a general election.
Two people briefed on the move said that Mr. Lewandowski was let go.
The campaign manager was seen as having a hostile relationship with many members of the national press corps that covers Mr. Trump, and many officials at the Republican National Committee had strained relationships with him.
And Mr. Lewandowski was often at odds with Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Paul Manafort, who was brought on in March when the candidate seemed poised for a lengthy fight over delegates.
Mr. Lewandowski was said to have resisted certain moves that would have increased the staff, at times blocking Mr. Manafort from making hires or later undoing them.
But the people briefed on Mr. Lewandowski’s departure said that the circumstances went well beyond any particular incident or any particular relationship.
One person stressed that the move had been in the works for many weeks, particularly since it became clear that Mr. Trump would be the nominee. The person added said that the campaign is now focusing on bringing the party together, including hiring new staff members and adjusting to the race against Mrs. Clinton.
Lewandowski was thrust into national headlines after an alleged kerfuffle with now former Breitbart News reporter, Michelle Fields.
Meanwhile, A New York-based Trump advisor tweeted:
— Michael Caputo (@MichaelRCaputo) June 20, 2016
Flashback to March, when Donald Trump said he wouldn’t fire Lewandowski because of loyalty and things:
Trump continues to slide in polling testing head to head match ups with Hillary Clinton, where Clinton consistently beats him by an average of 5 points.
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