Twitter chides 'jealous' Trump after Brad Parscale's demotion is blamed on 'canoodling' with Hope Hicks
US President Donald Trump's former communications director Hope Hicks (r) has been ordered not to hand over documents to a House committee investigating the president (AFP Photo/Mandel NGAN)

Twitter users speculated this week that President Donald Trump demoted former campaign manager Brad Parscale because he was caught "canoodling" with campaign staffer Hope Hicks.

In an announcement on Wednesday, the Trump campaign said that Bill Stepien will replace Parscale as campaign manager. Parscale was expected to continue working with the campaign's data operation.

The campaign did not immediately explain why Parscale had been demoted but commenters on Twitter linked the news to rumors that Parscale had been romantically involved with Hicks. During Trump's 2016 campaign, then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was also demoted after he was said to have dated Hicks.

Some Twitter users accused Trump of being "jealous" of Parscale's alleged relationship with Hicks.

Read some of the tweets below.