The dismissal of former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has shifted the center of power inside the Trump campaign and the result is that now “the family is fully in charge," according to sources within the GOP and close to the Trump campaign.
This means Trump is listening to the advice of his business partner children Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. -- as well as son-in-law Jared Kushner -- in ways that again upend political convention. While families are always a trusted sphere of influence, there are usually many political pros who keep a candidate’s loved ones from acting as decision makers.
Insiders describe a Trump family power base relying on no past political experience and yet attempting to shape everything from Trump’s message ideas, speeches, VP search and even plotting a travel schedule.
Paul Manafort, who was named campaign manager after Lewandowski's departure, is well respected internally and sources say he remains in charge of huge areas of responsibility but he too must navigate the family dynamics.