Donald Trump appeared on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor Monday night to discuss the ouster of his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.
He told host Bill O’Reilly that it was time for his campaign to change:
“I think Corey’s terrific. I watched him before. He was terrific toward me. Said I was a talented person. And he’s a talented person. He’s a good guy. He’s a friend of mine. But I think it’s time now for a different kind of a campaign. We ran a small, beautiful, well-unified campaign. It worked very well in the primaries.”
When asked about reports of internal turmoil between Lewandowsky’s team and the new personnel brought on board by Paul Manafort, Trump wrote the issue off as basic “office politics.” ‘Well it happens all over. You talk about office politics. It’s all over. And yes, I think it does happen here too. It happens everywhere,” the presumptive GOP nominee said.
Meanwhile, on Greta Van Susteren’s On The Record, another Fox News show, RNC Chairman Reince Preibus seemed very pleased about the move:
“This is a new direction for the campaign. When you look at the shift from a primary election over to the general election, this is sort of the professionalization that continues, the pivot to the presidential. I think it’s a good sign for the campaign,” Priebus said.
“Paul Manafort is a pro. By building the apparatus around someone who has been through a presidential campaign is a good thing. And people should look at it as a good thing.”