Capping off a period of turmoil for the Donald Trump presidential campaign, the GOP candidate’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has resigned. CNN reports that Trump announced Manafort’s resignation in a statement today.
Trump said in the statement: “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.”
CNN cites a source saying Manafort told the presidential candidate that Manafort felt he was becoming a distraction. The report notes that Manafort’s exit “reflects the shifting power centers on the Trump campaign.”
“After consolidating influence and discarding with Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Manafort has now found himself on the outs after Trump elevated two different aides to senior positions on Tuesday: Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon as campaign CEO and Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager,” CNN notes.
The report adds: “The departure also comes as Manafort is defending himself from investigations into his extensive lobbying history overseas, particularly in the Ukraine, where he represented pro-Russian interests. Manafort has been beating back reports from multiple media outlets in recent days over his ethics, which have been egged on by a Clinton campaign eager to highlight Trump’s ties to the Kremlin.”