Donald Trump fired Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager who helped him win the Republican Party’s presidential nominating contests but has clashed with other advisers about how to appeal to the broader general electorate, two people with knowledge of the decision said on Monday.
The firing is yet another disruption to a campaign already at odds with many senior Republican Party figures over Trump’s policies, with the party’s nominating convention less than a month away.
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But it may also prove a step toward calming concerns among party leaders over Trump, a wealthy businessman and political neophyte, and the conflicting advice he received from senior aides. Lewandowski was often at odds with Paul Manafort, a prominent strategist Trump hired in April partly for having experience on presidential campaigns that Lewandowski lacked, according to people close to the campaign.
Manafort will take over as campaign manager, according to Carl Paladino, the co-chairman of the campaign’s operations in New York state.
Lewandowski had been a near-constant presence at Trump’s side since the campaign was launched last year. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but, in a brief statement read on CNN, Lewandowski said, “I stand by the fact that Mr. Trump is a great candidate and is better than Hillary Clinton ever will be.”
The Trump campaign confirmed only Lewandowski’s departure, not the circumstances.