Trump’s campaign beefing up, amid reported tensions interior the ranks

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 10:36 PM

The fresh involvement of veteran operatives reportedly is fueling tensions interior the Trump operation.

Trump’s campaign beefing up, amid reported tensions interior the ranks

Donald Trump may be selling himself as the ultimate "outsider" presidential candidate, but after a thumping Tuesday at the hands of Ted Cruz in Wisconsin, he'south reaching out to long-term Republican establishment figures to assistance manage his campaign.

The fresh involvement of veteran operatives reportedly is fueling tensions interior the Trump operation.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told FoxNews. com on Thursday “there is no truth” to recent stories suggesting “disarray” in the Trump ranks. But at the very least, the makeup of the campaign is changing.

Fox News learned Thursday that the Trump campaign will add some “seasoned operatives” to beef up the team for the huge state contests ahead.

And Paul Manafort, best known for managing President Gerald Ford’s successful floor game at the one thousand nine hundred seventy-six contested Republican Convention, was keep in charge of the Trump campaign’s Washington, D. C., office, sources near to the campaign told Fox News on Thursday.

A campaign statement later said Manafort would be working closely with other top campaign members in his new role.

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“The nomination process has reached a point that requires someone familiar with the complexities involved in the final stages,” Trump said in a statement. “I am organizing these responsibilities below someone who's done this work successfully in many campaigns. This will authorize the rest of my team to deal with the increasing needs of a national campaign for both the pre-Convention phase and most importantly, the common election.”

Manafort will be working with other top advisers on the delegate process and D. C. outreach. This, as the Trump campaign plans to keep meetings starting following week with lawmakers who back the billionaire businessman.

Manafort’s addition to the Trump staff is seen as crucial by many observers. While Trump holds large delegate leads over rivals Cruz and OH Gov. John Kasich, Cruz has been cannily working in several states to the chosen delegates to the conference who support the TX senator and has been wooing unbound delegates who may vote for whichever candidate they choose.

But the move to bring on veterans love Manafort reportedly is causing some internal clashes, and could signal diminished roles for some of the loyalists who have surrounded Trump since the first days of his campaign.

Politico reported that campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is fighting to “box out” Manafort, concerned about his own role in the campaign. Politico reported that he even fired an operative in Colorado, James Baker, for communicating with Manafort after being told not to. (Lewandowski reportedly disputed the claim.)

“Manafort has really kind of taken over, and started reorganizing the campaign,” a GOP source told CNN.

Manafort’s arrival comes as Lewandowski has developed into a controversial figure within the Trump campaign. He recently was charged with ordinary battery over an incident where he was seen grabbing and pulling a reporter far from Trump – who's adamantly defended Lewandowski against the charge.

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with nearly everybody quitting. Good
news -- bad, dishonest journalists! https://t. co/xTvGLDXY5O

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April five, two thousand sixteen

Politico also reported Tuesday that staff around the country had been laid off “en masse.” According to the report, the campaign has nearly totally pulled out of FL and Ohio – key general election states – and several significant staff members have been let go. The outlet also said multiple staffers and advisers left the campaign in March in protest of staff treatment.

Trump didn’t let the Politico reporting go unanswered. He responded by tweeting a link to a WA Post article that reported four senior Politico managers were leaving the web publication.

For the close term, Trump appears to be back on favorable turf in the Republican race after losing Tuesday’s WI primary to Cruz. He’s presently campaigning in NY ahead of the state’s April nineteen primary, and is leading the field by double-digits.

But informal Trump adviser Roger Stone appeared to sound the alarm about lingering concerns in Trump’s operation at the state-by-state level.

“The campaign has number infrastructure in the states,” he told Breitbart. “The woman who ran WI for Trump previously ran OK for Trump. Trump lost. Prior to that, she'd never running any political campaign, so there was number depth of experience. This is something I look again and again.”

FoxNews. com’s Cody Derespina and Fox News’ John Roberts and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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