Trump Fires Campaign Manager
CBJ — Donald Trump has fired his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, with insiders saying the move was spearheaded by Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
Lewandowski’s abrupt departure is the campaign’s most significant staff change to date, and signals an acknowledgment from Trump himself that an overhaul is necessary ahead of the general election. The Republican candidate has suffered major setbacks since becoming the GOP’s presumptive nominee last month, coming under intense criticism from party leaders, major donors and rank-and-file Republicans for an array of issues — including most recently, his response to last weekend’s terrorist attack in Orlando that killed 49 people.
The decision to fire Lewandowski was made during a weekly meeting with Trump’s family members.
Ivanka Trump, the candidate’s daughter, played a pivotal role in convincing Trump to take action against Lewandowski. She had been critical of Lewandowski for months and this was not the first time that she had leaned on her father to part ways with his top aide. Contributing to Ivanka Trump’s recent dissatisfaction with Lewandowski were intensifying tensions between Lewandowski and Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, an influential force behind the scenes. Rumours swirled that Lewandowski had attempted to plant negative stories in the press about Kushner — a final straw for Ivanka Trump. To ensure action was taken, Ivanka Trump allegedly threatened to drastically cut back on her father’s involvement in the presidential run unless Lewandowski was let go.
Trump’s inability — and apparent lack of interest — in toning down his rhetoric going into the general election season has deeply troubled the party. There is widespread concern that without a dramatic course change, Trump will continue to be significantly outmatched by presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on many fronts, including organization, communications and fundraising.