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Eric Trump: Outgoing Campaign Chairman Manafort Was ‘Amazing’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, says the campaign’s outgoing chairman “was amazing” and he resigned because Trump didn’t want to be distracted by outside controversy.

Eric Trump told Fox News Friday that Paul Manafort “did a great job with the delegates” ahead of the Republican National Convention last month, and that he resigned earlier Friday because Donald Trump didn’t want to be “distracted by whatever things Paul was dealing with.”

Manafort stepped down in the wake of a campaign shake-up, as well as revelations about his work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that Manafort’s firm orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s then-ruling political party. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents, as required under federal law.

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