Time: 10:49 p.m. CEST
The Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said in a statement on Friday, that Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort has resigned from his position on the campaign, CNN reports.
“This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,” Trump said. “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,” the statement said.
This is the second campaign official, who will not be a part of the operation after campaign manager Corey Lewandowski left earlier in the summer upon comments of the conservative website, Breitbart News. Only few days before, Trump’s campaign hired Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon as campaign CEO and Kellyanne Conway as a campaign manager, CNN reports.
Less than three months until Election Day, Manafort’s departure reflects the changes in the Trump campaign, CNN comments. The multiple media reports on Manafort suggested he is defending himself from the investigations into his extensive lobbying history overseas, especially in the Ukraine, where he represented pro-Russian interests.
Despite changes in the campaign, Trump continues with the public appearances as he toured flooded area in Louisiana. As the Associated Press reports, Trump went to Louisiana to express solidarity with residents cleaning up after devastating flooding in which 13 people died. President Barack Obama said he would go to Louisiana next week, while another presidential candidate campaign did not release possible plans for visit of the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Louisiana.