New York: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of his campaign boss Paul Manafort, a statement read on Friday.
“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. I wish him the greatest success,” Trump said.
A Trump source told CNN said Manafort believed he was becoming a distraction and he wanted to end that. Manafort’s resignation comes hours after certain damning revelations from Ukraine — a connection that has been exploited by Trump's rival.
A Ukrainian lawmaker on Friday divulged more details of what he said were payments made to Manafort by the political party of the Kremlin-backed former Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich.
MP Serhiy Leshchenko said money was allocated for Trump aide Paul Manafort to finance services such as carrying out exit polls at elections, buying computers and conducting research. The largest single payment was $3.5 million. Manafort has vehemently denied the allegations.