Katrina Pierson Denies Trump Staff Shakeup: ‘There’s Nothing New There’

Donald Trump’s national spokeswoman Katrina Pierson brushed off questions about major staff changes within the Trump campaign on Wednesday, saying that “there is no shakeup.”

Pierson dismissed the significance of a senior staff reshuffle in an appearance on CNN’s “Newsroom,” saying that a shakeup “usually means someone is out.”

The Trump campaign confirmed in a Wednesday statement that Breitbart’s executive chairman, Steve Bannon, had signed on as the Trump campaign CEO, while Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway was be promoted to the role of campaign manager, diminishing the role of former top aide Paul Manafort.

Pierson went on to cite complaints about Trump’s small campaign infrastructure as the rationale behind the shakeup before going on the attack.

“For some reason, CNN is probably the only one reporting that there’s some shakeup that’s happening,” Pierson suggested.

“Even Fox News is calling this a shakeup,” CNN host Carol Costello pointed out.

After a momentary pause, Pierson plowed onward.

“But that’s what I’m saying. It’s not a shakeup,” she said. “We’ve simply added to the campaign team. There’s nothing new there.”

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