WASHINGTON (AP) — When Donald Trump acquired a pair of Atlantic City casinos in the mid-1980s, he pitted his managers against each other in a ferocious competition over everything from booking entertainers to attracting high-rolling gamblers.
That one of those managers was his wife, Ivana Trump, didn’t earn her any slack.
Trump’s penchant for encouraging rivalries is now roiling his Republican presidential campaign as he plunges into the general election. The tensions boiled over last week with the abrupt ouster of his political director, Rick Wiley, who left the campaign after just six weeks.
Wiley found himself caught between Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, one of the businessman’s original campaign staffers, and a veteran Republican hand, Paul Manafort, who was brought in to bolster the operation in March.