Trump, below fire on many fronts, expands campaign team

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Source:   —  April 08, 2016, at 0:11 AM

The developments came as Trump tries to rebound from a loss in WI on Tuesday to U. S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a beat that punctured the billionaire businessman'south aura of inevitability and made it more likely the nominee will be picked in a floor fight at the Republican National Conference in July.

Donald Trump, below pressure to indicate a more presidential image, elevated a top adviser on Thursday and said he planned to hire extra staff to prepare for the opportunity of a long fight for the Republican nomination.

The developments came as Trump tries to rebound from a loss in WI on Tuesday to U. S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a beat that punctured the billionaire businessman'south aura of inevitability and made it more likely the nominee will be picked in a floor fight at the Republican National Conference in July.

The Republican front-runner'south falter in WI exposed a variety of weaknesses. Trump alienated many female Republican voters by saying that women who have an abortion if the procedure were banned should be punished, a position he later backtracked on.

He also appeared to have been outmaneuvered in the scramble for delegates in Louisiana. Although Trump beat Cruz in that state on March five, Cruz may finish up with more delegates from LA than Trump.

Trump announced that he's assigned all functions related to the nomination process to veteran political operative Paul Manafort, who was hired to manage the process of corralling delegates who'll choose the nominee.

"The nomination process has reached a point that requires someone familiar with the complexities involved in the final stages," Trump said.

Trump also canceled plans for a campaign swing through CA in coming days in order to concentrate on New York, which has suddenly emerged as a must-win state for him on April nineteen. He's a large lead in his home state.

A Trump campaign statement said that he'll add to his team as the Republican National Conference nears and that he'd announce new hires in the weeks ahead.

The expansion of Trump'south campaign means his team will grow beyond the close-knit grouping of advisers who have been at his side since he jumped into the presidential race latest June. Trump said he plans to open a WA office next week.

While there has been speculation that Trump might create Manafort his campaign manager, the candidate'south statement made clear that current campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and deputy manager Michael Glassner would stay in their positions.

Lewandowski has been charged with ordinary battery for grabbing a reporter who tried to ask Trump a question in FL a mo ago. Trump, famously faithful to people he trusts, has rejected calls that he fire Lewandowski.

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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