11:33 Jun. 21, 2016
Paul Manafort worked for some unsavory international clients
Paul Manafort, former adviser to fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, will take over as campaign manager for the United States Republican Party's presidential candidate Donald Trump.
This is reported by Reuters with reference to two sources. Prior to that, Manafort was an advisor to Trump.
Trump's press office confirmed that ex-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was fired.
Reuters writes: "Donald Trump fired Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager who helped him win Republican presidential nominating contests but clashed with other advisers on how to appeal to the broader general electorate,According to Reuters interlocutors, who often disagreed with Manafort in matters of campaign strategy."
Trump's idea to replace his campaign manager might have been prompted by his daughter Ivanka. It happened after a number of corporate sponsors refused to further finance the campaign followign Trump's harsh statements regarding "complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States".
The replacement took place a month before the Republican National Convention where the party's nominee for the U.S. President will be officially chosen.
Trump's decision to fire his manager came in part at the urging of his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who have powerful advisory roles in the campaign, the two people in contact with Trump aides said.
As Quartz writes, Paul Manafort is a strategist with three decades of Republican conventions under his belt, who has also worked for some unsavory international clients. That roster includes pro-Russian former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych who was deposed in a popular revolution in 2013.