It's a shocking turn of fortunes in the campaign that could have huge implications for his success in November.
It has not been a great few weeks for the Donald Trump campaign, and it just received another blow: his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has officially resigned. Manafort had recently been implicated by a report suggesting that he had received millions of dollars in potential illegal donations from a pro-Kremlin faction in Ukraine.
Manafort had brought in to make the Trump campaign a bit more professional after his success in the primaries, but the campaign has so far sputtered on the national stage. Backers had hoped Manafort could turn things around, but he’s now leaving as suddenly as he was brought on, throwing the future of the Trump campaign into question.
Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon will now take over for Manafort, as well as veteran pollster Kellyanne Conway. It is not yet clear whether there will be more staff exits after Manafort’s resignation.
Trump said in a statement: “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.”
News reports indicate that Trump was very angry when he heard of the allegations against Manafort. When Manafort heard this, he prepared to resign, according to a New York Times report.