"I only hire the best people" Campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned from Donald Trump's team Friday, less than a week after the candidate reshuffled his staff and amid news reports about Manafort's past political activity for pro-Russian elements in Ukraine. “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." Trump added that "Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.” Manafort deputy Rick Gates is also resigning. Earlier this week, Trump brought on two new top campaign officials in a move largely seen as a sidelining of Manafort.