Donald Trump hands Kellyanne Conway, Stephen Bannon new roles in campaign
NEW YORK — Donald Trump is shaking up his campaign's leadership amid flagging poll numbers, NBC News has learned.
Kellyanne Conway — already a senior adviser to the campaign — told NBC News she has been promoted to the role of campaign manager. She confirmed that Paul Manafort will stay on as campaign chair but said Stephen Bannon, the co-founder of conservative Breitbart News, will come on board as campaign CEO.
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Conway is a veteran GOP pollster and strategist who spent the earlier half of the election cycle working for a pro-Ted Cruz super PAC.
Bannon, meanwhile, is a well-known conservative media personality.
A reporter for his pro-Trump Breitbart News accused Lewandowski of assault — allegations that led several journalists to leave the organization over it's handling of the incident.
"I want to win," Trump told The Wall Street Journal of the moves. "That's why I'm bringing on fantastic people who know how to win and love to win."
The shake-up, though, threatens to overshadow Trump's attempt drive home his policy messages.
The GOP candidate delivered a national security speech Monday and an address about law and order Tuesday night.
But instead of waking up to reaction to that speech, questions over the campaign's internal re-calibration was expected to dominate the political discussion on Wednesday.