Trump replaces campaign manager Brad Parscale, staffers "shocked"

by Jordyn Pair · Jul 16th, 2020 10:10 am

Last Updated Jul 16th, 2020 at 12:42 pm

President Trump announced on Wednesday that he is replacing campaign manger Brad Parscale with Bill Stepien, a veteran GOP operative.

Top campaign officials told Fox News that "there are not two campaign mangers" and that Stepien is solely in command. Parscale will continue to serve as a senior adviser, focusing on the campaign's digital operation and data collection.

The decision "shocked" many campaign staffers, sources told Fox News, although a senior administration official told the outlet that staffers "shouldn't be" surprised.

"Had to happen," the official said. "This doesn't surprise anyone who knows POTUS and how he wants his campaign run."

Stepien previously managed both of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's gubernatorial campaigns, as well as served as his chief of staff.

"Bill's MO is to keep under the radar and keep his head down and stay focused on the job. So if anything, all the attention he's gotten probably makes him a little uncomfortable," another Republican operative told Fox News. "He knows his role is to be the guy behind the guy."


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