Donald Trump’s campaign lost its national political director, an aide who was brought in roughly six weeks ago.
Rick Wiley, Scott Walker’s former campaign manager, was hired in April to be the Trump campaign’s national political director by Paul Manafort – the campaign’s convention manager. It’s unclear whether Wiley was fired or quit of his own accord.
In a statement, the campaign said Wiley was only hired on a short term basis. “Rick Wiley was hired on a short term basis as a consultant until the campaign was running full steam.” The statement said.
“It is now doing better than ever, we are leading in the polls, and we have many exciting events ready to go, far ahead of schedule, while Hillary continues her long, boring quest against Bernie. We would like to thank Rick for helping us during this transition period.”
Multiple reports indicated that Wiley was engaged in an internal power struggle with campaign aides who had been with Trump since he launched his presidential bid.
Politico reported that Wiley resigned after clashes with Karen Giorno, who led the campaign’s Florida primary efforts. Bloomberg reported that Trump stripped Wiley of decision making authority in Florida and shifted it to Giorno.