On Friday, officials from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign confirmed with reporters that former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was specifically asked to resign.
“He was asked, and he indeed tended his resignation today,” the campaign’s new manager, Kellyanne Conway, explained, according to The Hill. “Mr. Trump accepted his resignation and wished him well and thanked him for his service. I think it’s as simple as that.”
However, Conway reiterated that the decision was “mutual,” suggesting that Manafort desired to to leave as much as Trump wanted him gone.
Either way, the resignation came as no major surprise, given everything that occurred this week. Conway was tapped to be the new manager, Stephen Bannon was brought in as the new chief executive, and a bombshell investigation by The New York Times revealed that Manafort had connections to Russia that could potentially hurt Trump.
“My father didn’t want to be, you know, distracted by whatever Paul was dealing with,” one of the billionaire candidate’s sons, Eric Trump, said on Friday. “My father just didn’t want to have the distraction looming over the campaign and quite frankly looming over all the issues that Hillary’s facing right now.”
Moreover, judging by Trump’s poll numbers, which finally show him shortening the lead Clinton has maintained over him since the Democrat National Convention, it appears the decision to install a new team of campaign leaders was wise.
The GOP candidate needs people who fit his style on his team, and clearly, Manafort was not the right individual for the job.
“[Trump] has every privilege of surrounding himself with the team that he wants,” Conway reportedly added.
Indeed. Let’s just hope this team has what it takes to propel Trump to the top of the polls.
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