Paul Manafort, Trumpโ€™s Campaign Chairman, Resigns [VIDEO]

Donald Trumpโ€™s campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned Friday morning, the candidate announced in a statement. โ€œThis morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,โ€ Trump said. โ€œPaul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.โ€ Despite the kind words, Trump essentially demoted Manafort this week by hiring Brietbart News executive Steve Bannon and pollster Kellyanne Conway to run the campaign. With Manafortโ€™s resignation, Trump is moving on to his third campaign manager this year. Former manager Corey Lewandowski was fired in June, after Trumpโ€™s first polling collapse just after he clinched the Republican nomination. Manafort was helping Trump marshal delegates for the convention when he was promoted. Manafort, a longtime D.C. insider and lobbyist, has come under scrutiny for his ties to Russia during his work in Ukraine for the countryโ€™s former president.