NewsElections Donald Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, resigns following team shake-up Donald Trump's presidential campaign manager, Paul Manafort, resigned from the position on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Win McNamee By Reuters August 19, 2016 11:15 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Paul Manafort resigned as chairman of U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Friday, days after he was effectively demoted in a shake-up of the campaign's leadership. "This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign," Trump said in a statement. "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," Trump said. On Wednesday, Trump overhauled his presidential campaign team, hiring the head of a conservative news website to bolster his combative image and to try to reverse poor opinion poll numbers in the race against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for the Nov. 8 election. The move, his second staff revamp in less than two months, essentially served as demotion for Manafort, who was brought on in June in an attempt to bring a more professional touch but has struggled to rein in Trump's freewheeling ways. Manafort has also come under increased scrutiny in recent days over alleged ties with pro-Russian political groups in Ukraine. Earlier on Friday, a Ukrainian lawmaker offered more details of what he said were payments made to Manafort by the political party of the Kremlin-backed former Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich. Manafort, in a statement earlier this week, has denied the allegations, which were first made in The New York Times on Monday. By Reuters Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.