Paul Manafort, the second campaign manager for Donald Trump, has resigned.
The campaign confirmed on Friday that the successor to Corey Lewandowski has decided to step aside as speculation has begun to grow about his ties to politics in the Ukraine, according to the Associated Press.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that Manafort’s firm orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s then-ruling political party. Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law.
“This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,” Trump wrote in a statement to Fox News on Friday. “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.”
Manafort got some love on social media on his way out.
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigns in wake of campaign shakeup and revelations about Ukraine work. https://t.co/FIJ64uczTw
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 19, 2016
.@PaulManafort was an amazing man. There was no shakeup this week. Simply a new stage of the campaign. NC speech last night showed that.
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) August 19, 2016
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) August 19, 2016
I trust the Trump campaign staff changes. I have a liking for Paul Manafort because of his work here and abroad. I’m sad to see him go.
— Trebor (@LawlessPirate) August 19, 2016
— Shane (@Shane106320) August 19, 2016
— D Yelsaveta Osborne (@dy_osborne) August 19, 2016
— AZTrumpster (@AZTrumpster) August 19, 2016
— Pedro Marques (@MetroManTO) August 19, 2016
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