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Trump campaign claims it fired top advisor — who says he quit

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 8/8/2015 LARRY McSHANE
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers a question during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. © AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers a question during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland.

I’m fired? No, you’re fired!

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump announced Saturday that he axed top advisor Roger Stone — only to hear Stone insist that he really dumped The Donald.

Veteran political consultant Stone said his departure was spurred by Trump’s decision to continue trash-talking Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly after Thursday night’s debate.

“Sorry @realDonaldTrump didn't fire me — I fired Trump,” Stone tweeted Saturday. “Disagree with diversion to food fight with @megynkelly.”

The ensuing sideshow, with Trump insulting Kelly via Twitter and in a damaging interview, steered attention “away (from) core issue messages,” Stone tweeted.

Trump was told by organizers to stay home Saturday from the RedState Gathering, a high-profile Georgia meeting of influential conservative activists, after one particularly noxious remark.

The billionaire developer, in an interview with The Washington Post, said that he fired Stone in an effort to rid his campaign of “publicity seekers.”

“I want to surround myself only with the best and most serious people,” Trump said. “We want top of the line pros.”

File photo of Roger Stone. Johnny Louis/WENN © Johnny Louis/WENN File photo of Roger Stone. Johnny Louis/WENN

Politico reported the Friday night falling-out was over Trump’s reliance on sycophants rather that political pros.

Trump added that he would not apologize to Kelly, and was moving on from his campaign’s latest verbal conflagration. Trump’s remarks about Mexicans, Sen. John McCain and Rosie O’Donnell have defined his presidential run as much as any policy positions.

On Friday, Trump seemed to make a menstruation reference in a CNN interview about Kelly’s aggressive questioning at the debate.

“There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” said Trump.

On Saturday, the reality show star presented himself as the innocent victim of a misconstrued remark.

“NOSE,” Trump tweeted. “Just got on w/thought.”

His campaign also issued a statement blasting RedState’s Erick Erickson for disinviting Trump.

“This is just another example of weakness through being politically correct,” said the statement.

“For all of the people who were looking forward to Mr. Trump coming, we will miss you. Blame Erick Erickson, your weak and pathetic leader.”

lmcshane@nydailynews.com

“I want to surround myself only with the best and most serious people,” Trump said. “We want top of the line pros.” - Andrew Harnik/AP © Provided by New York Daily News “I want to surround myself only with the best and most serious people,” Trump said. “We want top of the line pros.” - Andrew Harnik/AP
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