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Clinton campaign manager: Paul Manafort's resignation doesn't 'end the odd bromance' between Trump and Putin

Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Hillary Clinton's campaign scrambled to assert that the resignation of a top Donald Trump campaign operative would not end Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  

Paul Manafort quit Friday as Trump's campaign chairman, two days after he was effectively demoted when Trump brought aboard a campaign CEO, Stephen K. Bannon, the former head of the right-wing Breitbart News site.

Manafort had come under fire in recent weeks for revelations about his work in Ukraine for a pro-Russia political party.

"Paul Manafort’s resignation is a clear admission that the disturbing connections between Donald Trump's team and pro-Kremlin elements in Russia and Ukraine are untenable," Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement. "You can get rid of Manafort, but that doesn't end the odd bromance Trump has with Putin."

Trump has long fought back against the assertion that he admires Putin, but has also called on supporters to imagine a world in which the U.S. and Russia got along.

In an interview scheduled to air on Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures," this weekend, Trump's son Eric said Manafort left because his father wanted to avoid being "distracted by whatever things Paul was dealing with."

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