A key campaign aide who had worked closely with Donald Trump in shaping and directing the candidate’s surprisingly successful run through the Republican primaries has just been sent packing.
Only weeks before the party convention in Cleveland at which Trump is all but certain to claim the top spot on the GOP ticket, Corey Lewandowski has reportedly been fired as The Donald’s campaign manager.
Lewandowski, who was thrust into the spotlight after a dust-up with former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, is said to have been at odds with the Trump advisor brought on to wrangle delegates and help manage the convention for the billionaire businessman, Paul Manafort.
In a statement to the media about Lewandowski’s abrupt departure from the campaign, a Trump spokeswoman said:
“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 is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.”
In reporting on Lewandowski’s departure from the Trump campaign, USA Today noted: “Trump, who has been slipping in polls in recent weeks in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, was scheduled to meet with aides Monday about future campaign plans.”
As for what the sudden change at the top of the campaign staff could mean going forward, the apparent shift to a Manafort-directed operation might be the signal of the often-discussed “pivot” for presumptive GOP nominee — a change in tone and temperament just a month out from the moment Trump is expected to take the stage in Cleveland and accept his party’s nomination to take on Hillary Clinton in the general election.