The New York Times is reporting that there’s a shake-up going on in the Trump campaign staff.
LAS VEGAS — Donald J. Trump has shaken up his presidential campaign for the second time in two months, hiring a top executive from the conservative website Breitbart News and promoting a senior adviser in an effort to right his faltering campaign.
Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, will become the Republican campaign’s chief executive, and Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser and pollster for Mr. Trump and his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, will become the campaign manager.
Paul Manafort, the campaign chairman, will retain his title. But the staffing change, hammered out on Sunday and set to be formally announced Wednesday morning, represents a demotion for Mr. Manafort.
The news, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, was confirmed early Wednesday by Ms. Conway in a brief interview, but she rejected the idea that the changes amounted to a shake-up.
“It’s an expansion at a busy time in the final stretch of the campaign,” she said, adding that Mr. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, would remain in their roles.
“We met as the ‘core four’ today,” Ms. Conway added, referring to herself, Mr. Bannon, Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates.
This is basically acknowledging the fact that despite their furious denials, having Mr. Manafort, who is reported to be on the take from Vladimir Putin’s allies in Ukraine, is not a good image for the GOP candidate. So hiring in a guy from a news site that regularly reports on vast right-wing conspiracy theories and putting Ms. Conway, an Ann Coilter wannabe, out there as the “campaign manager” is somehow going to help.
Please proceed, Mr. Trump.