Yesterday, Trump’s campaign announced that Corey Lewandowski would no longer be the campaign manager.
This decision was made following multiple meetings between Trump’s top advisors.
“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,” said the campaign in a statement. “The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.”
Ever since Paul Manafort was brought on as the campaign chairman, there has been speculation that there was tension between Lewandowski and the new team of traditional Republican strategists.
Allegedly, Manafort and the new strategy team were hired to reshape Trump’s campaign and have been trying to reel in the candidates’ fiery public persona. While, Lewandowski has been primarily practicing the “Let Trump be Trump” strategy for the year he was Trump’s right hand man.
“Mr. Trump had faced increasing concerns from allies and donors, as well as his children, about the next phase of the campaign as he pivots toward a general election,” reported the New York Times on Monday. “One person briefed on the moves, who asked not to be identified, said the campaign had long planned adjustments to adjust to the needs of a general election campaign.”
During the primary campaign, Lewandowski was accused for manhandling by Michelle Fields, a female reporter. However, the charge was later dropped.
Lewandowski bowed out graciously in a recent interview.
“I don’t know if it’s so much of a surprise. I just want to say how honored I’ve been to be a part of this team,” said Lewandowski in an interview with NBC News “I will support Donald Trump in any endeavor he has. If I can play a role in this campaign, either formal or informal, that would be an honor.”
According to The Hill, a campaign source said Lewandowski was given the news in a conference call Monday at 11:30 am.
This means that Manafort has now been promoted to Trump’s top hand. “Paul [Manafort] is totally in charge,” said Barry Bennett, a senior Trump Advisor to Fox News. Bennett also reaffirmed that this won’t lead to any major changes in the campaign.
Lewandowski’s work isn’t completely done. He still planning to attend the Cleveland convention where he will be a Trump delegate for New Hampshire. He can only be replaced if he informs the state party that he is unable to attend.
So with Lewandowski out and Manafort with more control, will Trump be more reserved? Only time will tell.