Paul Manafort has resigned from the Trump campaign, effective immediately.
The Trump campaign issued a matter-of-a-fact statement on Friday applauding Manafort’s good work while at the Trump camp helm and announcing it was a done deal:
“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.”
The embattled campaign chair has been a controversial figure from the start, first locking horns with then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and more recently being implicated for funneling millions in cash to Ukraine’s former pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych.
Then, last week, Trump — who has been tanking in the polls — brought on Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon to oversee his campaign and promoted pollster Kellyanne Conway as campaign chair, effectively neutering Manafort in much the same way as he did to Lewandowski when Manafort was brought on board months ago.
On Wednesday, Manafort publicly applauded the appointment of Conway and Bannon saying in a statement that the pair will “undoubtedly help take the campaign to new levels of success.”
Yet by Friday, it appears that Manafort no longer felt needed at the Trump Tower headquarters.
There are also unconfirmed reports of further shakeups, including the ouster of Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates.
Hearing now that Rick Gates is out along Manafort
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) August 19, 2016