The shakeup/non-shakeup continues at the Donald Trump presidential campaign this week, with this breaking story likely to dominate the news cycle, taking the focus off of his American future speech from Thursday night.
The Associated Press (AP) and several media outlets are reporting that Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort abruptly resigned on Friday in the wake of reports of shady and possibly illegal dealings with Ukraine for the benefit of Russia strongman Vladimir Putin.
BREAKING: Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigns in wake of campaign shakeup and revelations about Ukraine work.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 19, 2016
Paul Manafort’s resignation follows the strange hiring of Breitbart CEO Stephen K. Bannon, as campaign “CEO,” as well as promoting Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.
Politicos on Twitter immediately reacted from both sides of the political spectrum, as did reporters.
Seriously, who sent all the Trump surrogates out with the "expansion" nonsense about Bannon as Manafort was cleaning out his desk?
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) August 19, 2016
Manafort is done. (Or is it Donetsk?) With these serial firings, the @realDonaldTrump campaign is beginning to feel like The Apprentice!
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) August 19, 2016
Per a GOP strategist close to him, Manafort partly undone by the revelations about his work on behalf of pro-Russian forces in Ukraine…
— Robert Costa (@costareports) August 19, 2016
Putin comments on Manafort after resignation from Trump campaign pic.twitter.com/Tw23lKAiDf
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 19, 2016
Ironically, the resignation falls on the heels of what was arguably Donald Trump’s best campaign speech thus far, a speech the media would be talking about today were it not for this story which will stomp all over it.
As with other past mistakes Trump and his campaign can’t seem to get out of its own way.