Donald Trump is making a major campaign shakeup, bringing in to top leadership figures.
Trump hired Breitbart News Chairman Stephen Bannon to be the campaign’s chief executive, and Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway to be campaign manager.
The campaign announced the shakeup in a statement early Wednesday. They were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The statement said the moves were “designed to boaters the business-like approach of Mr. Trump’s campaign.” The statement added that Manafort will stay on in his current position as campaign chairman.
Trump called Bannon and Conway “extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win.”
“I believe we’re adding some of the best talents in politics, with the experience and expertise needed to defeat Hillary Clinton in November and continue to share my message and vision to Make America Great Again,” he added in the statement.
“I am committed to doing whatever it takes to win this election, and ultimately become President because our country cannot afford four more years of the failed Obama-Clinton policies which have endangered our financial and physical security.”
Bannon, who has no campaign experience, has been informally advising some in the campaign for several months.
The shakeup comes after a series of bad news cycles for the Republican nominee, who has fallen behind Clinton in several key battleground states. Trump has faced criticism for feuding with the parents of Muslim American soldier killed in the Iraq War, calling President Obama the “founder” of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, is under investigation for allegedly helping to funnel more than $2 million to two lobbying organizations in Washington, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.