Maverick Politician and Republican Party Nominee, Donald Trump shook his presidential campaign team on Monday with the sudden sack of his controversial campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.
In a statement, Trumps Spokeswoman Hope Hicks 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.”
Lewandowki’s sudden dismissal is the campaign’s most significant staff change to date, and signals an acknowledgment from Trump and his inner circle that big change is necessary ahead of the general election. Trump has suffered major setbacks since becoming his party’s presumptive nominee last month. He has come under intense criticism from party leaders, major donors and rank-and-file Republicans for an array of issues, including his response to last weekend’s terrorist attack in Orlando that killed 49 people.
The sacking of Lewandowski comes amid deep internal tensions that have trailed the Trump campaign. Lewandowski was well known for being fiercely loyal to his boss, he is even a Trump delegate from New Hampshire and also deeply protective of his direct access to the candidate.
A close Trump adviser said:
“This has not been a campaign, it’s been a concert tour.”
Another insider added a note of caution though, saying if Trump isn’t willing to behave in a more disciplined fashion, then Lewandowski’s departure may do little good, saying:
“I don’t know if it helps Trump personally unless he is willing to completely change through the Manafort model.”
A GOP source working on the campaign said:
“No one is really sure who is running things. It’s very disorganized.”
The sacking comes after a series of controversial events, from Trump’s attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s Mexican heritage to the suggestion that President Barack Obama perhaps played a role the Orlando massacre.
Lewandowski has been accused of encouraging Trumps behavior, rather than prodding the candidate back on track. Members of the Trump family,friends and political associates had been ramping up their efforts to convince Trump that Lewandowski’s guidance had grown harmful to the candidate and the campaign.