Major Shake Up In The Trump Campaign as the Donald Drops A House On Top Campaign Staffer . . . and so close to the GOP convention! It would seem, if you listen to insiders that Corey Lewandowski was not necessarily working in the best interests of the Trump campaign. And with so-called drops in polls, Trump moves swiftly to put an end to it.
“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.
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. And there had been a desire for many weeks to make changes ahead of the Republican National Convention, July 18-21 in Cleveland.
On Twitter, some campaign staffers rejoiced at the news of Mr. Lewandowski’s departure.
“Ding dong the witch is dead” wrote Michael Caputo, a Trump communications aide who was said to have been antagonized by Mr. Lewandowski.