In a surprise, Donald Trump has dropped embattled campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after months of internal tensions in his presidential campaign.
The firing of Lewandowski, an original member of the Trump presidential team who made headlines for facing charges over forcefully grabbing a reporter’s arm at a campaign event, comes as Trump has fared poorly in a string of polls against Hillary Clinton.
The decision followed a series of family meetings between the campaign’s top hands aimed at quelling concerns about Trump’s trajectory.
Reports of tensions between Lewandowski and campaign chairman Paul Manafort have circulated since almost the moment Manafort joined the Trump team.
In a statement announcing the change, Trump’s campaign expressed its appreciation for Lewandowski’s work.
“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,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement to The New York Times.
“The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.”
Barry Bennett, a senior Trump adviser, told Fox News moments after the news broke that “Paul [Manafort] is totally in charge” of the campaign now that Lewandowski is gone.