Trump shakes up campaign team, names new CEO, manager
Washington, Aug 17 (IANS) Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has overhauled his electoral campaign team, the media reported on Wednesday.
Stephen Bannon, a senior executive at Breibart News, will be the CEO of the Republican campaign, while Kellyanne Conway, a former poll analyst and adviser, is set to become the new campaign manager, EFE news reported.
Conway has experience with primary elections and is highly valued by Ivanka Trump, the candidate’s daughter, but he has never worked as a campaign manager.
Paul Manafort, current President of the Republican campaign, is set to remain in his post, though the team shake-up is believed to leave him with less responsibilities, reported the media.
With the sudden overhaul, Trump intended to push his controversial campaign further and recover from the sudden drop in popularity over the past few months.
The move came just two days after Manafort was accused by The New York Times of receiving almost $13 million from a pro-Russian Ukrainian party over the past six years.
The same newspaper revealed that among the suspicious transactions was an $18 million deal to sell a cable television channel’s assets to a committee set up by Manafort and Russian oligarch Oleg Depriska, a close ally to President Vladimir Putin.