Trump on Firing Campaign Manager: 'It's Time Now for a Different Kind of Campaign'

Trump complimented his former campaign manager, saying he's a "good guy."

ByABC News
June 20, 2016, 8:35 PM

— -- Donald Trump called his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski a "good guy" but said that "it's time now for a different kind of campaign" in an interview on "The O'Reilly Factor" tonight.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks confirmed earlier today that Lewandowski was fired this morning at Trump Tower with the candidate and campaign leadership present. "The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication, and we wish him the best in the future," Hicks said in a statement.

Trump complimented his former campaign manager while speaking with host Bill O'Reilly and called Lewandowski a "friend," but said his being let go was necessary because of changes in his campaign.

"He did a great job," he said. "But we’re going to go a little bit of a different route from this point forward. A little different style. He’s a good guy."

In an interview with ABC's Tom Llamas this evening, Lewandowski said that his time as campaign manager for Trump was a "great opportunity."

He also said that he would still vote for Trump and serve as the delegate chair for New Hampshire.

ABC's Candace Smith and John Santucci contributed to this report.