Trump Splits With Political Director Rick Wiley

Departure of top aide is latest shake-up in campaign

The Trump campaign statement said Rick Wiley was brought on as a consultant for a "short-term basis until the campaign was running full steam," but media reports noted that it was the first time the campaign had referred to him as temporary. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)
The Trump campaign statement said Rick Wiley was brought on as a consultant for a "short-term basis until the campaign was running full steam," but media reports noted that it was the first time the campaign had referred to him as temporary. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)
Posted May 26, 2016 at 9:43am

Donald Trump continues to shake up his campaign staff as he heads into the general election, with a surprise announcement Wednesday that he is parting with his national political director Rick Wiley.  

The announcement, in a late-night press release, stood in contrast to the fanfare that accompanied Wiley’s hiring just six weeks ago, when the former lobbyist was touted as a seasoned political expert who would bring depth and experience to Trump’s staff.  

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The statement thanked Wiley and said that he was brought on as a consultant on a “short-term basis until the campaign was running full steam.”  

Several media reports have noted that this was the first time the campaign had referred to him as a temporary staff member.  

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Wiley joined the campaign in April amid a series of high-level transitions in the campaign staff. Paul Manafort, another longtime operative who was recently named campaign chairman and chief strategist, was brought on in late March. National field director Stuart Jolly resigned shortly afterward, and Manafort and Wiley reportedly had contentious relationships with longtime campaign manager Corey Lewandowski .  

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