Donald Trump ousts embattled campaign manager

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Corey Lewandowski, the embattled campaign manager for Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump, will ‘no longer be working for the campaign,’ a spokeswoman said on Monday, ending a power struggle within the 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,” a campaign spokeswoman 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.”

Lewandowski became well known in March after reporter Michelle Fields accused him of pulling her arm while attempting to ask Trump a question at an event in Florida. Lewandowski denied touching Fields, calling her “delusional” and an “attention seeker” while Trump rejected calls for his campaign manager to be fired.

Lewandowski was arrested days later on a charge of simple battery, and although prosecutors determined that surveillance video supported the allegations made by Fields, they decided against prosecuting Lewandowski because he had a reasonable defense if he were to claim authority to protect Trump.

In later months, media reports detailed an ongoing power struggle within the campaign amid allegations about Lewandowski’s temperament, bullying and other inappropriate behavior at both the Trump campaign and in his previous job with the advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

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