NY Post reports Donald Trump’s reporter-grabbing campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was fired after the billionaire’s daughter Ivanka told her dad that either he goes or she does, a campaign insider said.
“Ivanka was threatening to distance herself from the campaign if Donald didn’t get rid of him,” the source said. “Ivanka has been trying to get rid of Corey for months.”
The ax fell swiftly and left campaign chairman Paul Manafort — who had been feuding with Lewandowski — as the undisputed leader of Trump’s campaign.
The source said Ivanka Trump had been distressed by news that Lewandowski grabbed reporter Michelle Fields by the arm at a Florida event, and by a Post Page Six item reporting that he got into a shouting match on a Midtown street with campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks.
But the final straw came when Lewandowski was “caught red-handed” trying to plant a negative story about Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, the source said.
But Hicks insisted her former boss didn’t try anything of the sort.
“Absolutely not,” she said.
Lewandowski was on his normal morning call with aides Monday, unaware he was about to get the boot.
Trump’s son Donald Jr. later admitted he and his siblings played a role in his firing. “We’re obviously involved,” he told Bloomberg Politics. “We’re involved in talking with [our dad] about this, sure. But in the end, my father’s always going to make up his own mind.”