Washington: With Donald Trump coming under major pressure from his advisors and family members to take stock and reset his struggling presidential campaign, he has fired his controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, unleashing a major shake-up.
According to CNN, Ivanka Trump, the candidate’s daughter, played a pivotal role in convincing Trump to take action against Lewandowski. She had been critical of Lewandowski for months and this was not the first time that she had leaned on her father to part ways with his top aide.
Lewandowski’s departure is the campaign’s most significant staff change to date, signalling an acknowledgment from Trump that an overhaul is necessary ahead of the general election.
Since becoming the GOP’s presumptive nominee last month, Trump has been suffering setbacks while facing major criticism for an array of issues — including his response to the terrorist attack in Orlando that killed 49 people
“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.” Trump’s spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement.
Speaking to CNN after being let go, Lewandowski admitted that he was clueless to the reason behind this development.
“But what I know is that what we’ve been able to achieve in this election cycle was historic. I had a nice conversation with Mr. Trump and I said to him. It’s been an honour and a privilege to be a part of this,’ and I mean that from the bottom of my heart,” he said.
He was also notably unapologetic: “I have no regrets as it comes to this campaign,” he said.
Later in the day, Trump praised Lewandowski, saying he was “really proud of him.”
“He did a great job. But we’re gonna go little bit of a different route,” he said. (ANI)