Paul Manafort Quits Donald Trump's Campaign After GOP Nominee 'Diminished' His Role and Hired New Advisors
The news comes amid controversy over Paul Manafort's alleged ties to pro-Russian politicians
Donald Trump‘s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has resigned after the presidential hopeful hired two new officials and “diminished” Manafort’s role in the campaign.
Manafort, 67, handed in his resignation Friday morning, just days after Trump shook up his campaign on Wednesday by appointing pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager and Breitbart News’ executive chairman Stephen Bannon as his new campaign CEO – sidelining Manafort in the process.
“I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process,” Trump said in a statement announcing Manafort’s resignation.
“Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.”
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When Trump appointed Conway and Bannon, Manafort retained his title of campaign chairman. However, advisors who spoke with the The Washington Post “described his status internally as diminished due to Trump’s unhappiness and restlessness in recent weeks” as Manafort urged the GOP nominee to alter his style for the general election.
Manafort’s suggestion seems to have had an impact on the presidential hopeful who on Thursday expressed regret over saying “the wrong thing,” CNN reports.
“I have done that … And I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues,” he said.
The resignation also comes amid controversy over Manafort’s alleged ties to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine – a New York Times report alleged secret ledgers in the country were shown to have designated more than $12 million in cash payments to Manafort.
Manafort denied the allegation in a statement, saying that he “never received a single ‘off-the-books cash payment’ … nor have I ever done work for the governments of Ukraine or Russia.”
Manafort, who, as of Friday afternoon had not Tweeted since Sunday, has not yet publicly commented on his resignation.