The latest change in the Trump campaign is the departure of controversial Campaign Manager Paul Manafort, who tendered his resignation last Friday.
”This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,” Trump said in a statement. “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.”
It has been a tumultuous period for Donald Trump, who continues to lag in the polls against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. So it isn't really surprising that the Republican standard bearer would try to shift strategies and put new people at the helm of his campaign.
Last Tuesday, Trump made Brietbart News chairman Stephen Bannon his new Campaign Chief Executive. Meanwhile, Republican strategist and pollster Kellyanne Conway has been named Campaign Manager.
Manafort, himself, was a newcomer, as he only held the position for a couple of months. Last June, he replaced Corey Lewandowski, who had served in that position since January of 2015. Manafort joined the Trump campaign team in March.
It did not help when Manafort came under fire for his ties to ousted Pro-Russian Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
The New York Times reported that Ukrainian government investigators in Kiev have found his name among secret records.
Handwritten ledgers appear to show $12.7 million of undisclosed cash payments intended for Manafort, who served as a consultant for Yanukovych. The ledgers were dated from 2007 to 2012 and come from the pro-Russian political party under the control of Yanukovych, according to Ukraine's National Anti Corruption Bureau. They have confirmed that these ledgers are part of an illegal off-the-books system.
Manafort has denied any wrongdoing on his part. His lawyer Richard A. Hibbey said that his client has not received “any such cash payments."
It is unclear whether the controversy has any impact on Manafort's decision to resign, but he has stated that he does not want to hurt the Trump campaign.