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Trump replaces campaign manager

July 16, 2020

Donald Trump has sacked campaign manager Brad Parscale and replaced him with Bill Stepien. In the lead-up to the change, the US president's relationship with Parscale had become increasingly strained.

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday fired his campaign manager, Brad Parscale. Veteran Republican operative Bill Stepien has been tapped to replace him. 

Trump's poll numbers have been dwindling for the past few weeks, with less than four months left before the election. 

Parscale and Trump have had an increasingly strained relationship in the past few months. The publicity garnered by Parscale in his role had reportedly irked the president. Trump was also upset with the low turnout at a campaign rally last month in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after Parscale had bragged about more than a million people attending.

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''Brad Parscale, who has been with me for a very long time and has led our tremendous digital and data strategies, will remain in that role, while being a Senior Advisor to the campaign,'' said Trump.

Parscale is relatively new to electoral politics, and ran digital advertising for Trump's successful 2016 campaign. He is a close ally of Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner. He was retained reportedly in part because the campaign would have difficulty rebuilding its digital advertising operation with so little time remaining before the election. 

Stepien is a longtime Republic political operative, and has worked with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He was the national field director for Trump's 2016 campaign. 

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tg/dr ( AP, Reuters)