Asked if staff was notified of Corey decision, campaign source tells me it's "bedlam in the Trump campaign. No one knows what is happening."
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) June 20, 2016
Donald Trump parted ways with his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski Monday following weeks of slipping poll numbers and scrutiny by many members of the Republican party. The decision comes exactly one month before the Republican National Convention is set to begin in Cleveland.
“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,” 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.”
According to reports by those close to the campaign, the staff was not informed of Lewandowski’s impeding firing and only found out about the decision during the campaign’s daily 8:30 a.m. conference call on Monday.
However, the shift in the campaign leadership isn’t shocking to insiders who have witnessed the internal turmoil between Lewandoswki and Trump’s top strategist Paul Manafort. The latter has been working to polish Trump into adhering to a more traditional style of campaigning.
Tensions between the two sects of the campaign have made their way their way onto social media, as well. Following reports of the campaign’s decision to sever ties with Lewandowski, Trump’s New York state director Michael Caputo sent out this not-so cryptic tweet.
An individual within the campaign emphasized that the changes to the campaign had been in the works for weeks. The move hopes to highlight the internal shift toward party unity as Trump plans to take on Hillary Clinton this fall.
Despite the shift in leadership, Lewandowski will still play a role in the nominating process as the chairman of New Hampshire’s delegation to the convention. This shake-up could add an additional layer of complexity to Trump’s nomination in Cleveland.
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