Trump unloads Lewandowski as campaign manager

UPDATE – 6/21, 9:16 a.m. EST: Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus weighed in on the firing of Trump’s campaign manager on Monday evening, calling the development a “good sign” for the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee.

“When you look at the shift from a primary election over to the general election, this is the sort of the professionalization that continues the pivot to the presidential,” Preibus said.

The RNC chair went on to describe Trump’s new campaign head, Paul Manafort, as “a pro”, explaining that “by building the apparatus around someone who‘s been through a presidential campaign is a good thing.”

Watch Priebus’ full interview on Fox News below:

 

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump dismissed campaign manager Corey Lewandowski Monday morning, according to two high-ranking staffers in the Trump campaign.

According to the sources, Trump met with Lewandowski in New York and informed him personally of the decision.

A statement from Trump campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks read:

“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.”

Campaign co-chair Paul Manafort will assume the role of campaign manager.  A veteran political strategist, Trump is said to have “complete confidence” in Manafort’s political acumen.

With Trump from the inception of his campaign, Lewandowski was often seen as a controversial figure and drew criticism for an incident in March where he was charged with simple battery for allegedly grabbing the arm of Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields after a Trump press conference in Florida.

Charges against Lewandowski were eventually dropped; however, internal dissension appeared to revolve around Lewandowski’s continuing role and mounted after the March arrival of Manafort.

Sources close to the Trump campaign describe Lewandowski and Manafort often at odds over the direction and tone of the campaign.

Aides close to the situation expressed relief over Lewandowski’s dismissal.  Often blamed for causing turmoil within the campaign, of the firing, one unnamed campaign assistant said:  It was a long time coming,” and the Trump campaign “need[ed] to get everyone on the same page.

 

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