Time: 10:26 p.m. CEST
Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump decided to hire a top executive from the conservative website Breitbart News. Trump hired Stephen Bannon, as Republican campaign’s chief executive, while Kellyanne Conway will be the campaign manager, which he confirmed in a brief interview.
The news was reported by the Wall Street Journal and it was confirmed on Wednesday. Paul Manafort, who is working as the campaign chairman, will retain his title. But, with the latest news on him and the staffing change, was seen by some as a demotion for Manfort, the New York Times reports.
Conway rejected the idea Manfort was being diminished. She said, it is an expansion at a busy time in the final stretch of the campaign, the New York Times reports. The Times said, the move indicates, “the candidate-who has chafed at making the types of changes his current aids have asked for, even though he had acknowledged they would need to occur — has decided to embrace his aggressive style for the duration of the race.”
The Times, also reports, “the moves were hammered out beginning on Sunday in meetings at Mr. Trump’s golf club at Bedminster, N.J. Roger Ailes, the former chairman of Fox News, also met with Mr. Trump that day. “
Earlier, as the Associated Press reported, Manafort had come under the scrutiny over his ties to Ukraine, where he worked as an international consultant.
The AP says, that Manafort “helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party’s efforts to influence the U.S. policy.”
People directly knowledgeable about the effort said to the AP, that the move happened, “when Trump has faced criticism for his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin. It also casts new light on the business practices of campaign chairman Paul Manafort.”
According to the federal law, the U.S. lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties, and provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department. “A violation is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000,” the AP writes.