In an exclusive interview on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom on Friday, Paul Manafort, the campaign chairman for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, said he believes all the talk of turmoil within the Republican party has been exaggerated.
“The Republican party is united. And you know, do we agree on everything? No. You know, Mr. Trump is an outsider. He hasn’t been a part of the political system so his relationships with the leadership of the party are not as deep and long as traditionally it would be with the Republican nominee, but that’s not to say he doesn’t have good relations,” he said.
Moving on to Trump’s relationship with important Republican party officials like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan — who Trump had yet to endorse in Ryan’s re-election bid for his congressional seat in Wisconsin — Manafort believes fences will be mended an a unified front will emerge.
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“We are working very strongly with Reince Priebus and the RNC and with the Republican leadership in the House and the Senate. I think you will see a coming together of both Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump in the course of this campaign because they all agree on one thing: We need a Republican president and a Republican Congress and then we’ll make the changes that America needs,” Manafort said.
Manafort also addressed the recent comments by President Obama, who said Trump needs to act more presidential.
“Well, we certainly are not using him as a role model. I mean, here is a president who is going around the world apologizing for everything the United States has done over the last 100 years. Here is a president who has taken the economy, and contrary to Mrs. Clinton, doesn’t deserve an ‘A’ for what he’s done. He’s destabilized the world with the foreign policy he constructed with Hillary Clinton that put our enemies in positions of strength and our allies in positions of weakness. He’s changed the whole role of the United States as a leader in the world. So when he says that Donald Trump needs to start acting like a president, he doesn’t recognize the fact that he’s the wrong – Obama – he’s the wrong role model,” he said.
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After talking about his candidate’s economic plan, which will be released next week, Manafort said it would be a big improvement over the current administration and what he perceives to be a lackluster job market.
“The real unemployment of those who left the job force and are no longer looking pushes the unemployment number up to 10 percent,” Manafort said. “Unemployment in the cities among blacks and Hispanics is up. Wages are stagnant. Productivity is lessening, businesses are not investing. Why is that? Because there is an economic policy in this administration that is not pro-growth on jobs. Job growth last quarter was 1.2 percent in GDP.
“The point is we’re not a healthy economy right now. On the contrary, if you look at the taxes that Hillary Clinton will increase as a result of the programs she announced two weeks ago in Philadelphia, we’re talking about record tax increases on American middle class, on American businesses. This campaign is going to be about jobs and growth economy and we feel that Hillary Clinton’s, once again, promises of every four years we’re going to do this, that, whatever are going to fall on deaf ears.”￼
Manafort said Trump will be introducing his campaign’s economic plans next week in Detroit.
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