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Campaign chaos for Donald Trump as chairman resigns following pro-Russia controversy

Published 19/08/2016 | 15:30

Paul Manafort has resigned from the Trump campaign
Paul Manafort has resigned from the Trump campaign

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort has resigned.

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In a statement, Mr Trump said Mr Manafort offered his resignation on Friday morning.

Mr Trump praised Mr Manafort's work on the campaign and called him a "true professional".

Mr Manafort is stepping down in the wake of a campaign shake-up, as well as revelations about his work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that Mr Manafort's firm orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine's then-ruling political party.

Mr Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a campaign speech in Charlotte, North Carolina (AP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a campaign speech in Charlotte, North Carolina (AP)

Earlier in the week, the campaign added two new top officials to the campaign in a move widely seen as a demotion for Mr Manafort.

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