Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has resigned, following a demotion and controversy surrounding his alleged business dealings with foreign governments. Find out why Manafort stepped down on Aug. 19 right here!
Donald Trump‘s campaign chairman and chief strategist Paul Manafort, 67, jumped ship on Aug. 19, according to an official statement from Trump, 70:
“This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign. 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. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.”
His resignation may have something to do with his personal ties to foreign governments — he allegedly received $12 million in secret cash payments (which he has denied), documentation of which was found in a ledger belong to former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych‘s political party. He therefore reportedly has ties to and has done work on behalf of pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, which is obviously a problematic background to have in a presidential race, not to mention it contrasts with Donald Trump’s position about being independent from moneyed interests.
This week, the campaign also saw a staff shake-up after Manafort was demoted by Trump; Kellyanne Conway took on the role of campaign manager and Stephen K. Bannon was named chief executive and GOP pollster. Manafort’s resignation — which also likely consolidates Conway’s power — took some of his fellow staffers by surprise, because they had expected him to stay on as an advisor despite his downward bump in position. Manafort had been a part of the campaign since March.
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