Trump Says He Fired His Campaign Advisor Roger Stone; Stone Gives CNN Entirely Different Story

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Donald Trump’s main political adviser, campaign advisor Roger Stone, abruptly left the campaign on Saturday, but the accounts of his departure are in complete conflict.

“Were you fired by Donald Trump?” asked CNN’s Poppy Harlow on Saturday.

“No, not at all,” Stone answered. “Let me say from the top that I have nothing but respect and admiration for Donald Trump. I think he’s the one person with the independence to take on an entire corrupt political system,” Stone explained, still sounding like Trump’s campaign advisor, not someone who had just quit or been fired by the campaign.

“Mr. Trump fired Roger Stone last night,” a campaign spokesperson told Newsmax on Saturday. “We have a tremendously successful campaign, and Roger wanted to use the campaign for his own personal publicity.

“He has had a number of articles about him recently, and Mr. Trump wants to keep the focus of the campaign on how to ‘Make America Great Again,’ ” the spokesperson from Trump’s campaign argued.

Stone’s account was in complete opposition, however.

“I resigned largely because I thought I was having no impact and the campaign has been diverted from those big picture issues [immigration, trade, etc.] that have catapulted Trump to the number one position in the polls, which I thought was counter-productive,” Stone contended.

Separately, Stone took to Twitter to refute the Trump campaign’s accusation that he was using his role to further his publicity:

Earlier on Saturday, Stone tweeted that the the distraction or diversion he quit over was the kerfuffle Trump was having with FOX News debate moderator and host of “The Kelly File,” Megyn Kelly. Stone called the dust-up a “food fight.”

Stone said he emailed Trump, wishing him the very best, that he would have nothing negative to say about him or the campaign on Saturday morning, but because he felt he wasn’t having an impact on the campaign, he was resigning.

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Trump and Stone had been friends for over three decades, with Stone attending both of Trump’s parent’s funerals and two of his weddings.

Stone told Harlow he still had “nothing but respect and admiration for Trump,” despite the conflicting accounts of his departure from the campaign.

Stone may not be saying anything negative about Trump, but either he or Trump is lying about his sudden departure. Both accounts cannot be simultaneously true. Stone contended that he didn’t hear anything back from Trump or the campaign following his resignation email, but instead was contacted by a Washington Post reporter early Saturday afternoon who told him that Trump told them that he had been fired.

The last thing this country needs is another liar, whether Republican, Democrat or Independent.

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Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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