Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, on Friday resigned after the Republican presidential nominee earlier this week announced a new leadership structure for his 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,” Trump said in a statement.
Trump’s campaign on Wednesday announced a shakeup, its second in as many months, with the addition of Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon as campaign CEO and the promotion of pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.
Trump’s camp framed the moves as an expansion rather than a shakeup, but they were widely seen as a demotion for Manafort, who has come under fire for his ties to pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians and oligarchs.
In a statement Wednesday, Manafort hailed the additions as “respected professionals” who “will undoubtedly help take the campaign to new levels of success.”