Clinton Campaign After Manafort Resignation: Trump and Putin ‘Bromance’ Not Over
The Clinton campaign responded on Friday to the resignation of Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, by questioning Trump’s relations to Russia.
“Paul Manafort’s resignation is a clear admission that the disturbing connections between Donald Trump’s team and pro-Kremlin elements in Russia and Ukraine are untenable,” said campaign Manager Robby Mook in a statement.
“It’s also time for Donald Trump to come clean on his own business dealings with Russian interests, given recent news reports about his web of deep financial connections to business groups with Kremlin ties,” added Mook.
He added that Manafort’s resignation will not end the “odd bromance” between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump.
Manafort’s resignation follows the Trump camp’s shakeup this week with the hiring of Breitbart executive Stephen K. Bannon as CEO of the campaign. Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway was promoted to campaign manager.
Manafort’s resignation came days after a New York Times report alleging $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments in a handwritten ledger to the campaign manager from former Ukrainian President Viktor F. Yanukovych’s political party.
Manafort shot down the allegations calling them “unfounded, silly and nonsensical,” and accused the New York Times of political bias.
However, on Thursday, the Associated Press reported that they obtained emails that showed Manafort directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Yanukovych.
Manafort’s resignation followed the next day. In a statement, Trump thanked Manafort for his help on getting the nomination.
“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,” Trump said in a statement.
Meanwhile, in a Fox News interview scheduled to air on Sunday, Eric Trump said the campaign mandager resigned because his father wanted to avoid being “distracted by whatever things Paul was dealing with.”