Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald Trump100-day standard is 'ridiculous' to Trump because he's failed it Trump should drain the renewable fuel standard swamp Trump touts praise from Lou Dobbs on Twitter MORE on Wednesday gave his stumbling campaign a major shake-up, bringing in two 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 moves in a statement early Wednesday. They were first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
The statement said the moves were “designed to bolster the business-like approach of Mr. Trump’s campaign.” It noted campaign chairman Paul Manafort will stay on in his current position.
Trump himself 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 ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonDems seeing big increase in midterms House candidates When it comes to Israel, Trump’s first 100 days were one big fail Democratic leaders hurt their own party by ousting pro-life voters MORE 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 out financial and physical security.”
Bannon has no campaign experience but has been informally advising some in the campaign for several months, according to Politico.
The shake-up comes after a series of bad news cycles for Trump, who has fallen behind Clinton, the Democratic nominee, both nationally and in key battleground states.
Trump has faced wide criticism for attacking the Muslim parents of an Army captain killed in the Iraq War, as well as for saying “Second Amendment people” could prevent Clinton from appointing liberal justice to the Supreme Court and calling President Obama the “founder” of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.