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Embattled Trump campaign chairman Manafort resigns

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(FILES) This file photo taken on April 26, 2016 shows  Paul Manafort, advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign, checking the teleprompters before Trump's speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. Paul Manafort, the embattled chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign who has been under fire in connection with a Ukrainian corruption investigation, tendered his resignation on August 19, 2016. "This morning, Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign," the Republican nominee said in a statement. "I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today," he added.  / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / CHIP SOMODEVILLA

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 26, 2016 shows Paul Manafort, advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign, checking the teleprompters before Trump’s speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.<br />Paul Manafort, the embattled chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign who has been under fire in connection with a Ukrainian corruption investigation, tendered his resignation on August 19, 2016. “This morning, Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,” the Republican nominee said in a statement. “I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today,” he added.<br />/ AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / CHIP SOMODEVILLA

Paul Manafort resigned Friday as chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, under fire in connection with a Ukrainian corruption investigation and two days after being sidelined in a team reshuffle.

“This morning, Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,” the Republican nominee said in a statement, paying tribute to the 67-year-old veteran strategist and lobbyist’s skills.

Trump had recruited Manafort, who formerly advised the pro-Kremlin former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, earlier this year to head off what was then a potentially contested Republican convention.

“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,” Trump said.

“Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.”

On Wednesday, Trump shook up the top tiers of his campaign team for the second time in two months, appointing a right-wing news executive to CEO and promoting a respected pollster to campaign manager.


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