Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her two brothers played a major role in the decision to fire the presumptive GOP nominee’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, according to new reports.
The Trump camp dumped Lewandowski Monday morning after the New York real estate magnate had his regular strategy meeting with children, Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric, for their regular strategy meeting at Trump Towers in Manhattan, reports New York magazine.
Lewandowski was also at the meeting, and according to one senior Trump staffer, “things went south for Lewandowski, and he was fired.”
Soon, Lewandowski was escorted from the building and by security, leaving Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager, fully in charge of the campaign.
The staffer described Lewandowski’s ouster as the result of a “coup” by Trump’s children, and NBC News reports that Ivanka Trump in particular has been pushing for her father to release Lewandowski for some time.
Sources told NBC that Trump’s daughter, who holds a great deal of influence with her father, was unnerved for “months” after former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields accused him of assaulting her while she was trying to ask the candidate a question. Trump stayed loyal to Lewandowski after the scandal, but after his poll numbers started to drop, his adult children were able to make their case to release Lewandowski, NBC reports.
However, the sources told NBC that the final decision to fire Lewandowski was Trump’s and the presumptive nominee told the now-former campaign manager in a “direct conversation.”