According to campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, Paul Manafort left Donald Trump’s presidential effort on Friday because “he was asked.” “He was asked and he indeed tendered his resignation,” Conway told WABC Radio host Rita Cosby in an interview. “Mr. Trump accepted his resignation and wished him well and thanked him for his service.
“I think it was a mutual decision, to be frank with you,” she continued. “The conversations that I participated in, it was a mutual and a very mutually respectful decision.”
Manafort, 67, was named Trump’s campaign chairman in late March. He was effectively replaced on Tuesday by Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon, who was appointed chief executive.
Conway, a pollster who has been serving as a top adviser to the Republican nominee, was promoted to campaign manager.
Manafort’s lobbying ties to Ukraine have also been the subject of news reports in recent days and have been seen as a distraction to the campaign. He taken over Trump’s bid after Corey Lewandowski was fired after clashing with the nominee’s children.