Panic in Trumpland: Trump Tells Controversial Campaign Manager 'You're Fired'

Election '16

Donald Trump stuck with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski through Lewandowski’s alleged assault of a reporter, but now that Trump is struggling with sinking polls and a broke campaign, it’s a different story:

“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 spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said in a statement. “The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.”

Mr. Trump had faced increasing concerns from allies and donors, as well as his children, about the next phase of the campaign as he pivots toward a general election.

Two people briefed on the move said that Mr. Lewandowski was let go.

Obviously. Corey Lewandowski is not the guy who’s going to volunteer to step down from an ego trip like managing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. But whoever’s left on the campaign should maybe have considered that you don’t deliver classic “Friday news dump” material like this on a Monday morning. Unless the level of recrimination surrounding the campaign is such that they think it’s to their advantage to have absolutely everyone possible know that Trump ditched Lewandowski. Given that staff didn't know in advance that Lewandowski was being fired, though, chaos and hamhandedness seems like the most likely reason for the timing or anything else you could mention about the firing.

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