Monday, June 20, 2016

Donald Trump "Parts Ways" With Campaign Manager

Corey Lewandowski

Via Huffington Post:

Falling in the polls and watching Republican delegates mount a campaign to oust him, Donald Trump has cut ties with his controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Lewandowski had been with Trump since January 2015, when most political observers believed the reality TV star was never going to actually run for president, and guided him to securing the nomination in May when his final opponents dropped out.

The New Hampshire native had no experience on national campaigns, and had jealousy protected his access and influence with Trump, arguing that letting “Trump be Trump” was the strategy that would win the White House just as it won the nomination.

For weeks Lewandowski had been competing with longtime GOP lobbyist and consultant Paul Manafort, who was originally brought in to manage the campaign’s delegate tracking operation for the nominating convention in Cleveland.

The Trump campaign issued a statement which read, in part:

“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.”

Upon news of the announcement, Michael Caputo, a Trump communications aide who has endured an tense relationship with Lewandowski shared this on Twitter:

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