Report: Manafort, Ivanka and Jared Pushed Corey Lewandowski Out
Earlier today the Trump campaign announced campaign manager Corey Lewandowski would no longer be working with the historic campaign.
Lewandowski led the Trump campaign to the largest Republican primary victory in history.
FOX News is now reporting Paul Manafort, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were influential in the decision.
FOX News reported:
Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s abrupt firing Monday came down to a battle of ultimatums.
And ultimately, Lewandowski lost.
Paul Manafort, the veteran operative who since March has been amassing influence inside Trump HQ, recently telegraphed through third parties he would be gone in 48 hours if Trump didn’t oust Lewandowski, who’d run his campaign from the outset. Manafort was fed up with battling Lewandowski and let the campaign know the two of them “just couldn’t get along.”
From there, it became a family affair. Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner didn’t want to lose Manafort, believing him to be the more experienced hand to guide the campaign into the general election.
They convinced Trump to keep him – and the only way to do that, given Manafort’s terms, was to dump Lewandowski.
Faced with a choice, Trump chose Manafort.
This account was relayed to Fox News by a campaign source. The details shed light on arguably the biggest staff shake-up of the 2016 cycle.
Despite the shock of Trump parting ways with Lewandowski, one of his closest and most loyal advisers, just weeks before the convention, in some corners the decision was not so surprising.
The former conservative activist played a central role in daily operations, fundraising, and Trump’s search for a running mate, but Lewandowski’s aggressive approach also fueled near-constant campaign infighting that complicated Trump’s shift toward the general election.
Reached on Monday by The Associated Press, Lewandowski deflected any criticism of his approach, pointing instead to Manafort.
“Paul Manafort has been in operational control of the campaign since April 7. That’s a fact,” Lewandowski said, declining to elaborate on his dismissal.
Corey Lewandowski went on CNN today and said he had no regrets for his time as campaign manager for Donald Trump.
— CNN (@CNN) June 20, 2016