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>> This is a really interesting process.>> Donald Trump's decision to cut loose campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, throwing a harsh light on Trump's faltering attempts to pivot from the primary race to the general election. I'm Emily Stevenson, a political correspondent in Washington. Conventional wisdom is that major campaign shake-ups a few months before the general election are not a good sign for a presidential campaign.
The campaign is clearly worried about polls that are showing that Trump is not doing well compared to Democrat Hillary Clinton. I think they thought he would be in much better position right now based on the big crowds he's getting at rallies and his dominant performance through the primaries.
Throwing Corey Lewandowski under the bus is unlikely, by itself, to stop Trump's campaign from taking on water after what Republican strategists called a series of missteps. His comments about Muslims after the mass shooting in Orlando>> They are pouring in and we don't know what we're doing.>> His so far unwillingness to focus on battleground states that he really needs to win in terms of campaign rallies.
>> I love you, Texas.>> And sluggish attempt to get fundraising off the ground. Lewandowski's exit is part of a series of campaign steps to try and create order, uniting the campaign under veteran Republican strategist, Paul Manafort. Manafort and Lewandowski had really different approaches to how Trump should run his campaign.
When Manafort came in, he told reporters that Trump was going to be more presidential, that he was gonna stop sort of shooting from the hip and saying all these off the cuff things. Lewandowski did not support that approach he felt like they were winning followers, and he wanted Trump to continue being Trump.
>> He's authentic, he's genuine, and that's what the American people want.>> The ouster of Lewandowski and the elevation of Manafort to the person who's calling the shots, as we were told, is the victory for that strategy.>> At some point I am gonna be so presidential.