Donald Trumps campaign abruptly announced in a statement today that it is parting ways with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
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, campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement tothe New York Times. The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.
Lewandowski has worked for the Trump campaign since its launch in 2015. However, in the course of his tenure, hes been accused of being hostile toward members of the press on several occasions, including an incident in Florida in which he reportedly knocked former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields to the ground. He was charged with battery in March, but those charges were dropped in April.
Following the incident, Trump stood by Lewandowski and tweeted that his campaign manager was not only innocent, but a very decent man.
Indeed, many were surprised by Lewandowskis sudden departure, given the close bond exhibited between the two. But the Trump campaign has faced renewed criticism in recent weeks, including a controversial response to the shooting in Orlando, Florida. Recent pollsalso show that Trump is behind presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as the two head to the general election. News of Lewandowskis departure also comes during there-emergence of a Stop Trump movement led by a group of national delegates that are hopingto deny him the partys nomination.
According to the Times,those briefed on Lewandowskis exit said that he was fired and the circumstances of his departure went well beyond any particular incident or relationship. While many are unsure why Lewandowski was suddenly let go, one possibility is a strategic pivot to the general election. Trump reached 1,237 delegateslast month, which made him the presumptive Republican nominee.
Amid the campaign shakeup,Bloomberg Newsreports that Trump will meet with key advisers and his family Monday to discuss a political strategy shift.
On Twitter, some of Trumps campaign staff members expressed their excitement at the news.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to the Daily Dots request for comment.