Campaign manager Corey Lewandowkski is “parting ways” with the Trump campaign.
“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 said in a statement, according to the NY Times. “The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.”
It is unclear what exactly caused Lewandowski’s abrupt departure yet it seems unlikely it was on friendly terms.
After Lewandowski saw his role reduced after the Michelle Fields assault incident, it seems that the new head man Paul Manafort saw Lewandowski as a rival he cannot afford to keep around.
Last month, someone close to the Trump campaign told Politico that there was a lot of conflict among the top team members and “a total cage fight in there now.”
The operative also said that Manafort was gunning for Lewandowski back then.
“Manafort tried to take out Corey, but he didn’t succeed,” the operative told Politico. “And now, everywhere Corey looks, he sees a threat, so he’s trying to neutralize those threats.”
Lewandowski also seems to have made enemies among the staffers, including Michael Caputo who tweeted out this shortly after Lewandowski’s departure was announced:
— Michael Caputo (@MichaelRCaputo) June 20, 2016
Rubbing a little salt in the wounds, Fields, who was fired from Breitbart after accused Lewandowski of assault, also celebrated the news of Lewandowski’s departure, tweeting out “I hear @BreitbartNews is hiring.”
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) June 20, 2016