Trump shakes up campaign team: 'I don't want to pivot'

The Trump campaign has undergone a major overhaul as the candidate has decidedf to "be himself" for the rest of the campaign, resisting calls to "pivot" to a more presidential demeanor.

Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort will remain but campaign insiders say he will have a dminished role. Meanwhile, two new hires who have urged the candidate to continue with his aggressived style will move into key slots.

The message is clear. Trump is going to be Trump, win or lose.

Wall Street Journal:

Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, an outspoken Trump supporter and a former Goldman Sachs banker, will assume the new position of campaign chief executive. At the same time, Mr. Trump also is promoting Kellyanne Conway, a veteran GOP pollster and strategist, to become campaign manager. Ms. Conway has been a campaign adviser for several weeks.

Longtime Republican operative Paul Manafort,who joined the campaign late in the primary season, remains campaign chairman. But the reset is designed to bulk up a structure that many Republicans have complained wasn’t adequate for the rigors of the general-election campaign.

Mr. Trump’s campaign has fallen further behind Democrat Hillary Clinton in most national and battleground-state polls in recent days, and some Republicans had been hoping for a course adjustment before the traditional Labor Day kickoff of the general-election race.

“I want to win,” Mr. Trump said in an interview Tuesday night in which he disclosed his hires. “That’s why I’m bringing on fantastic people who know how to win and love to win.”

Mr. Trump’s campaign has been shaken since the Republican national convention by, among other things, controversies over his feud with the parents of a Muslim-American soldier who died in Iraq, and his assertion that President Barack Obama was the “founder” of the Islamic State. That prompted GOP officials to criticize their nominee for going off script and to urge him to construct a more disciplined campaign.

Mr. Trump initially held to his unorthodox style and structure, arguing that they succeeded in winning the nomination. In recent days, however, Mr. Trump has been working behind the scenes to get more of what he called “firepower” atop his thinly staffed campaign organization, advisers said. On Sunday at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Mr. Trump, who sought out Mr. Bannon, met with him and Mr. Manafort to lay out his new thinking for the campaign team.

In recent days, Mr. Manafort has been the subject of numerous news reports about thework he did for a Ukrainian political party with close ties to Russia. Mr. Manafort will remain an influential strategist, but the group of top advisers at the campaign widens with the new additions.

Trump told a Wisconsin radio host that there were too many people telling him to be something he wasn't:

“Everyone talks about, ‘Oh, you’ve got to pivot,’” Trump added in La Crosse, Wis. "I don’t want to pivot. I don’t want to change.

"You have to be you. If you start pivoting, you’re not being honest with people. No, I am who I am.”

Trump said critics had inaccurately predicted the failure of his Oval Office bid several times during the GOP primaries.

“Don’t forget, when I lost Wisconsin, it was over for Trump,” he said. "Except for one problem: I then went on a very good run."

“I’ve gotten here in a landslide,” the Republican nominee added. "So we’ll see what happens. I am who I am.”

Recent Trump appearances have shown the candidate doing a better job staying on message. So it appears a combination of more message discipline while the candidate maintains much of his freewheeling style is the way the campaign will go forward.

Whether it's a winning combination is unknown, but it should help stop the bleeding.

The Trump campaign has undergone a major overhaul as the candidate has decidedf to "be himself" for the rest of the campaign, resisting calls to "pivot" to a more presidential demeanor.

Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort will remain but campaign insiders say he will have a dminished role. Meanwhile, two new hires who have urged the candidate to continue with his aggressived style will move into key slots.

The message is clear. Trump is going to be Trump, win or lose.

Wall Street Journal:

Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, an outspoken Trump supporter and a former Goldman Sachs banker, will assume the new position of campaign chief executive. At the same time, Mr. Trump also is promoting Kellyanne Conway, a veteran GOP pollster and strategist, to become campaign manager. Ms. Conway has been a campaign adviser for several weeks.

Longtime Republican operative Paul Manafort,who joined the campaign late in the primary season, remains campaign chairman. But the reset is designed to bulk up a structure that many Republicans have complained wasn’t adequate for the rigors of the general-election campaign.

Mr. Trump’s campaign has fallen further behind Democrat Hillary Clinton in most national and battleground-state polls in recent days, and some Republicans had been hoping for a course adjustment before the traditional Labor Day kickoff of the general-election race.

“I want to win,” Mr. Trump said in an interview Tuesday night in which he disclosed his hires. “That’s why I’m bringing on fantastic people who know how to win and love to win.”

Mr. Trump’s campaign has been shaken since the Republican national convention by, among other things, controversies over his feud with the parents of a Muslim-American soldier who died in Iraq, and his assertion that President Barack Obama was the “founder” of the Islamic State. That prompted GOP officials to criticize their nominee for going off script and to urge him to construct a more disciplined campaign.

Mr. Trump initially held to his unorthodox style and structure, arguing that they succeeded in winning the nomination. In recent days, however, Mr. Trump has been working behind the scenes to get more of what he called “firepower” atop his thinly staffed campaign organization, advisers said. On Sunday at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Mr. Trump, who sought out Mr. Bannon, met with him and Mr. Manafort to lay out his new thinking for the campaign team.

In recent days, Mr. Manafort has been the subject of numerous news reports about thework he did for a Ukrainian political party with close ties to Russia. Mr. Manafort will remain an influential strategist, but the group of top advisers at the campaign widens with the new additions.

Trump told a Wisconsin radio host that there were too many people telling him to be something he wasn't:

“Everyone talks about, ‘Oh, you’ve got to pivot,’” Trump added in La Crosse, Wis. "I don’t want to pivot. I don’t want to change.

"You have to be you. If you start pivoting, you’re not being honest with people. No, I am who I am.”

Trump said critics had inaccurately predicted the failure of his Oval Office bid several times during the GOP primaries.

“Don’t forget, when I lost Wisconsin, it was over for Trump,” he said. "Except for one problem: I then went on a very good run."

“I’ve gotten here in a landslide,” the Republican nominee added. "So we’ll see what happens. I am who I am.”

Recent Trump appearances have shown the candidate doing a better job staying on message. So it appears a combination of more message discipline while the candidate maintains much of his freewheeling style is the way the campaign will go forward.

Whether it's a winning combination is unknown, but it should help stop the bleeding.