Paul Manafort Leaves Donald Trump’s Campaign

Paul Manafort, Jr., The campaign chairman of Donald Trump has resigned. Recently it was reported that he may have illegally received $12.7 million in off-the-books funds from the Party of Regions.

Manafort was an adviser to the presidential campaigns of Republicans Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole. He was the national chairman of the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, as well as being a senior partner in the firm Davis, Manafort, and Freedman. Manafort is also known for his successful lobbying efforts on behalf of political leaders like Jonas Savimbi and Viktor Yanukovych and foreign dictators such as Ferdinand Marcos and Mobutu Sese Seko.

In March 2016, he joined the presidential campaign of Donald Trump to lead Trump’s “delegate-corralling” efforts. In April 2016, Trump terminated campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and promoted Manafort to the position. Manafort gained control of the daily operations of the campaign as well as an expanded $20 million budget, hiring decisions, advertising, and media strategy.

In August 2016, Manafort’s connections to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions drew national attention in the USA, where it was reported that Manafort may have illegally received $12.7 million in off-the-books funds from the Party of Regions.

On August 17, 2016, the New York Times reported on an internal staff memorandum from Manafort stating that Manafort would “remain the campaign chairman and chief strategist, providing the big-picture, long-range campaign vision”. However, two days later, Trump announced his acceptance of Manafort’s resignation from the campaign after Stephen Bannon and Kellyanne Conway took on senior leadership roles within that campaign.

Mr. Manafort left nearly a week after a New York Times report about problems within the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign helped precipitate a leadership shake-up.

Mr. Trump said in a statement that, that morning Paul Manafort had offered, and he had accepted, his(M) resignation from the campaign. He added he was very appreciative for his great work in helping to get them where they are today, and in particular his work guiding them through the delegate and convention process. He further said that Paul was a true professional and he wish him the greatest success.

Last weekend, Mr. Trump decided to fix Stephen K. Bannon as his chief executive officer and Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser, as the new campaign manager. That followed an emergency meeting called after the Times article last weekend on the frequent and stymied efforts by Mr. Trump’s top advisers to curtail his pugilistic instincts.

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