Paul Manafort: Trump feels ‘very bad’ for jailed ex-aideMarch 8, 2019
Islamabad 8th March 2019(Roshan Pakistan) US President Donald Trump has said he feels “very bad” for his ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort, a day after he was sentenced to a prison term.
Mr Trump erroneously told reporters the judge in the case had said there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“It’s a collusion witch hoax,” the Republican president said as he left the White House.
Manafort, 69, was found guilty of tax and bank fraud. The former political consultant had worked on Republican presidential campaigns as far back as Gerald Ford’s in 1976, and for clients around the world. It was hoped his 40 years of political experience would help temper some of the chaos and controversy surrounding Mr Trump.
He advocated a more disciplined, conventional campaign, calling for scripted speeches and teleprompters over Mr Trump’s unpredictable, off-the-cuff, approach.
Manafort was soon promoted to chair the campaign and oversaw the period during which Mr Trump clinched the Republican nomination.
However, he ended up falling prey to the controversy his appointment was intended to stifle.
He was convicted on eight charges of tax fraud, bank fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts and sentenced to nearly four years in prison
I feel very badly for Paul Manafort,” Mr Trump told reporters. “I think it’s been a very, very tough time for him.”