On Monday, Donald Trump outed his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski in an effort to calm panicked Republican leaders. According to CNN, Trump has faced numerous criticism from party leaders, major donors and rank-and-file Republicans for an array of issues — including his response to the terrorist attack in Orlando that killed 49 people. Lewandowski had been with the Republican presidential candidate since the beginning of his campaign. According to the Associated Press, the former campaign manager had clashed with longtime operatives. Lewandowski contributed to the campaign by help fundraise and the search for on Trump’s running mate.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks released a statement on Monday which indicated that, “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.”
A Trump adviser spoke with CNN and told them that the decision to fire Lewandowski was made by Trump’s family members in a morning meeting.
Lewandowski spoke with the Associated Press and said,”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. CNN interviewed Lewandowski and asked why he was fired, he said “I don’t know the answer to that.”
“But what I know is that what we’ve been able to achieve in this election cycle was historic,” Lewandowski said. “I had a nice conversation with Mr. Trump and I said to him, ‘It’s been an honor and a privilege to be a part of this,’ and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.”
During the interview he also told CNN that,”I have no regrets,” just hours after he was escorted out of Trump’s Manhattan campaign headquarters. The campaign needs to continue to grow to be successful,” he said.
The Associated Press spoke with veteran Republican operative Kevin Madden who indicated that, “firing your campaign manager in June is never a good thing,” he said. “The campaign will have to show dramatic changes immediately on everything from fundraising and organizing to candidate performance and discipline in order to demonstrate there’s been a course correction. Otherwise it’s just cosmetics.”
Michael Caputo, one of Donald Trump’s advisers, tweeted on Monday minutes after the news broke a tweet that is possibly about Lewandowski: “Ding dong the witch is dead!”