Paul-Manafort- Donald Trump Campaign Chairman, Paul Manafort, Quits news

Paul Manafort, the campaign chairman for Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, handed in his resignation Friday morning barely two months after assuming the helm, NYT writes.

Manafort, 67, became chief strategist for the Trump campaign after former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was fired in June.

His resignation has come at a turbulent time for the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign following falling poll numbers and a major shakeup last week that saw the addition of a new chief executive and new campaign manager.

The veteran strategist was dogged by his past ties to Russian-backed, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. He also came under fire after a damaging report by the New York Times about ledgers pledging more than $12m (£9.2m) in undisclosed cash payments to him by Mr Yanukovych, allegations he denied.

“This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,” Mr. Trump said in a statement released by the campaign.

“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. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.”

Mr. Manafort was brought in at a moment when Mr. Trump was facing a protracted delegate slog. He ended up taking over the campaign two months ago after former campaign manager, Lewandowski, became a distraction within the campaign with a string of high-profile fights.

Sources close to the campaign say his deputy, Rick Gates, is expected to take charge in the interim.