Trump campaign executive Paul Manafort resigns
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2016 — Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has announced his resignation from the Trump campaign. Manafort’s resignation comes after the Trump campaign announced a second major shakeup of his campaign team. Manafort’s decision shows attempts by the campaign to straighten Trump up as he nears the first presidential debate.
Manafort’s resignation comes as he faces criticism for work he previously did with pro-Russian Ukrainian diplomats. This week, support for Manafort started slipping as Trump’s family members began to question Manafort’s activities with Russia. Donald Trump announced Manafort’s resignation from the campaign.
“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.”
.@newtgingrich: "Nobody should underestimate how much Paul Manafort did to really help get this [Trump] campaign to where it is right now."
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 20, 2016
Despite the criticism Manafort received, Eric Trump praised the work Manafort has done and for getting the campaign through the convention. Manafort’s exit comes as the campaign hires former pollster Kellyanne Conway and Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon, who is now the campaign CEO.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 19, 2016
Under Manafort’s control, mistakes made by Trump increased. He spent days attacking Khazr and Ghazala Khan, a Gold Star family, after a critical speech at the Democratic convention. Under a new manager, Trump drew a different tone on Thursday, delivering a speech on “law and order” and recently making a stop in flood-damaged Louisiana.
According to political insiders, Paul Manafort is leaving on good terms and is expected to remain an outside ally and confidant. Many see Manafort’s exit as blow to the structured political advice Trump received from Manafort. Manafort has spent years on political campaigns and was attempting to form stronger ties with establishment Republicans. He was hired after the firing of Corey Lewandowski.