Donald Trump Parts Ways With Controversial Campaign Manager

Donald Trump fired his hard-charging campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, on Monday in a dramatic shake-up created to calm panicked Republican leaders and reverse one of the most tumultuous stretches of Trump's unconventional White House bid.

Lewandowski, who helped engineer Trump's unprecedented run toward the Republican presidential nomination, downplayed reports of campaign infighting, saying he was "honored" and "grateful" to have worked with the NY businessman and will continue to support his presidential bid. "The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future".

Republicans have long questioned the direction of the Trump campaign, and reports have emerged of fundraising troubles and staff infighting. Now she exemplifies a odd phenomenon in this election: conservative media figures, such as William Kristol, Rich Lowry, Joe Scarborough and S.E. Cupp, who say they can't support the Republican nominee for president.

Clinton's political machine hammered Trump relentlessly on the facts and on his reaffirmation of the divisive Muslim ban that Ivanka Trump was pushing to tone down, further convincing the children that his campaign lacked the communications team needed to win the election.

With four weeks until the Republican National Convention, the real estate mogul faces the growing possibility of an embarrassing delegate revolt in Cleveland that could leave him weakened. "Sure", Trump Jr. said in an interview with Bloomberg TV's "With All Due Respect", referring to the Lewandowski decision. Trump said, for instance, that the Queens, New York-born shooter was from Afghanistan.

But beyond that, Zwick noted, "Corey Lewandowski is not the one who said that a federal judge couldn't do his job because he was Hispanic". Often mistaken for a member of the candidate's security team, he traveled with Trump on his private plane to almost every campaign stop, giving him more direct access to the businessman than almost any other campaign staffer.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump supporter who is considered a possible vice presidential running mate, praised Lewandowski for playing a "key role in the most remarkable campaign in modern history".

Trump made the decision after both Manafort and Lewandowski urged him over the weekend to pick one of them to lead the campaign, according to two people familiar with the campaign.

Yet Lewandowski's approach within the campaign sparked intense criticism from experienced Republican operatives inside and outside of the campaign. He entered June with $1.3 million at the end of the month. But he said he will rely on donors to fund his fall general election campaign. Lewandowski's departure may be the start of the long-awaited Trump rebrand.

Only minutes after Lewandowski's parting was announced, Trump aide Michael Caputo tweeted, "Ding dong the witch is dead!"

Lewandowski was charged with misdemeanor battery in the spring for an altercation involving a female reporter during a rally. Trump claims he is worth more than $10 billion. Trump has yet to reserve any ad time. "I don't think the Washington elite wanted Mr. Trump to be Mr. Trump".

The FEC report shows the campaign now owes Trump $45.7 million, after he lent an additional $2.2 million last month.

  • Archie Newman