: New York Times: Trump hires Yanukovych's former strategist

15:30 Mar. 29, 2016

New York Times: Trump hires Yanukovych's former strategist

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points to a reporter during a campaign event in the atrium of the Old Post Office Pavilion, March 21, 2016 , in Washington. (AP Photo)

U.S.'s presidential hopeful hires Paul Manafort to lead delegate effort

Donald J. Trump, girding for a long battle over presidential delegates and a potential floor fight at the Cleveland convention, has enlisted the veteran Republican strategist Paul J. Manafort to lead his delegate-corralling efforts, according to people briefed on Mr. Trump's plans.

Mr. Trump confirmed the hire in a brief telephone interview. "Yes," he said, "it is true."

Mr. Manafort, 66, is among the few political hands in either party with direct experience managing nomination fights: As a young Republican operative, he helped manage the 1976 convention floor for Gerald Ford in his showdown with Ronald Reagan, the last time Republicans entered a convention with no candidate having clinched the nomination.

Mr. Manafort has drawn attention in recent years chiefly for his work as an international political consultant, most notably as a senior adviser to former President Viktor F. Yanukovych of Ukraine, who was driven from power in 2014.

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