Trump replaces campaign manager as Biden expands lead in polls

Latest national Quinnipiac University poll shows Democrat candidate running 15 percentage points ahead of Donald Trump.

Donald Trump at a re-election campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA [File: Leah Millis/Reuters]
(Al Jazeera News) – US President Donald Trump has axed his longtime campaign manager amid sinking poll numbers that showed him trailing further behind Democratic candidate Joe Biden with less than four months to go before the November 3 election.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Trump said campaign manager Brad Parscale would be replaced by Bill Stepien, who has been the deputy campaign manager. Parscale will shift to a role focused on digital and data strategy, the president said.

A leadership shake-up had long been rumored. Parscale was blamed internally for a botched Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally last month that drew a much smaller crowd than he predicted. A subsequent coronavirus outbreak forced Parscale and other campaign officials who attended to self-quarantine for two weeks.

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