WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2016 – The Donald Trump campaign is facing its second major shakeup of the summer, suggesting continued disharmony in the campaign.
Trump has appointed former pollster Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager and former Breitbart News chairman Stephen Bannon as the campaign’s chief executive, replacing the team that took over earlier this summer.
This latest shakeup comes just a month before the first presidential debate is scheduled. The campaign confirms that Trump confidant Paul Manafort will remain on the campaign, but in a smaller role. The shakeup comes after falling poll numbers and scandal-plagued headlines.
Trump released a statement praising both Conway and Bannon.
“I have known Steve and Kellyanne both for many years. They are extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win. I believe we’re adding some of the best talents in politics, with the experience and expertise needed to defeat Hillary Clinton in November and continue to share my message and vision to make America great again.”
Trump’s shakeup shows tension with Manafort. Trump has strained against Manafort’s message to keep the tone positive, while Bannon is a strong supporter of letting Trump running a campaign that reflects Trump’s views.
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) August 17, 2016
This is the second shakeup this summer, Trump previously fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after being bogged down by controversy. Lewandowski was alleged to have assaulted a former Breitbart reporter.
Before joining the Trump campaign, Bannon worked to oust Paul Ryan as House speaker during his primary race. The New York Times reported that many Trump advisers have grown angry about his not accepting their requests to stay on a positive message.
As the campaign continues to spin out of control, many wonder how long it will take before the GOP distances itself from the Trump campaign in order to protect fellow Republicans who are up for re-election.