I don’t know how accurate this claim is. I have a question for all of you Trump supporters. Was this a good move especially right before the RNC???
Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her two brothers played a major role in the decision to fire the presumptive GOP nominee’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, according to new reports.
The Trump camp dumped Lewandowski Monday morning after the New York real estate magnate had his regular strategy meeting with children, Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric, for their regular strategy meeting at Trump Towers in Manhattan, reports New York magazine.
Lewandowski was also at the meeting, and according to one senior Trump staffer, “things went south for Lewandowski, and he was fired.”
Soon, Lewandowski was escorted from the building and by security, leaving Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager, fully in charge of the campaign.
The staffer described Lewandowski’s ouster as the result of a “coup” by Trump’s children, and NBC News reports that Ivanka Trump in particular has been pushing for her father to release Lewandowski for some time.
Sources told NBC that Trump’s daughter, who holds a great deal of influence with her father, was unnerved for “months” after former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields accused him of assaulting her while she was trying to ask the candidate a question. Trump stayed loyal to Lewandowski after the scandal, but after his poll numbers started to drop, his adult children were able to make their case to release Lewandowski, NBC reports.
However, the sources told NBC that the final decision to fire Lewandowski was Trump’s and the presumptive nominee told the now-former campaign manager in a “direct conversation.”
Multiple sources said that Trump had made the decision because of many problems within the campaign that had become public, and the operation was in trouble while his poll numbers were dropping and his image problems were growing.
Lewandowski had also clashed often with Manafort, who was initially brought in amidst talk of a contested convention earlier this spring. After Trump’s last rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped out of the race, Manafort’s role shifted to being more in charge of the Trump campaign.
Manafort has been pushing for Trump to make the shift toward a more traditional campaign, while Lewandowski wanted to allow Trump to continue his more unconventional campaign that resulted in his coming out ahead of 16 other candidates.
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Lewandowski remained publicly loyal after the firing, commenting hours later that he is happy to say that he is a person who helped the presumptive GOP candidate implement his ideas, while reports surfaced that
“Mr. Trump brought millions of people into the Republican Party,” Lewandowski told NBC News, and that record numbers of independent voters are coming out. “These people are energized.”
And Trump, he said, is going up against the “Clinton machine of four more years of Obama administration…Mr. Trump I building a more efficient campaign and that’s the process we are moving [toward] right now,” Lewandowski said.
Lewandowski did not comment directly about whether he was surprised when he was let go from the Trump campaign, and commented that he did not think it was “true at all” that Trump’s children pushed for him to be fired.
He further said he is looking forward to attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and that he has no regrets about his time heading the Trump campaign.
“Running [against] 16 governors and senators and brothers of a president, and what he’s been able to achieve in this process is extraordinary,” said Lewandowski. “What you will see moving forward is the American people will understand that there is only one person running for president is going to create jobs for our country and make America great again. That’s Mr. Trump.”
Further, said Lewandowski, he would not change “one second of my time with Mr. Trump other than to say thank you. It is been a great privilege and honor.”