‘It’s a big step’: President Trump’s new campaign manager calls for more transparency in his role
“It’s really nice to have the president of the United States call me.
But, you know, I’ll do what I want to do,” Paul Manafort said in a phone interview Thursday from his Virginia home.
“I think the American people have a right to know, but the president needs to understand that,” the campaign manager said.
Manafort, who will serve as Trump’s campaign manager, said that the campaign’s transparency is part of the new campaign-style management approach.
“This is a transition, it’s a change, it is a different kind of campaign,” he said.
“So we’re doing it in the best way possible.
We’ve done it all the way through the election cycle.
And this is what we’re going to do as we transition to the administration.”
He said he has spoken to President Donald Trump multiple times and is confident in the president’s ability to lead.
“You’re never going to get me out of my chair,” he added.
Trump’s transition team said in March that Manafort would serve as his campaign manager.
Trump appointed Manafort as campaign chairman on Jan. 20.
He was given the role for a $10 million salary and perks, but it was later reported that Manafort earned $18 million.
Manafort is expected to take the job of campaign manager once the president leaves office, which he has said he is hoping to do by the end of the year.
Manafort’s tenure in the White House is at a crossroads.
He’s under investigation by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Ethics for possible violations of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Manafort has denied wrongdoing.
He is a former political operative and a top aide to former President Donald J. Trump.
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