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Donald Trump Claims He Fired Political Adviser, Who Says He Quit

August 9, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Donald Trump Claims He Fired Political Adviser, Who Says He Quit

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ATLANTA — Donald Trump’s presidential campaign said it has fired top political adviser Roger Stone, CBS News has confirmed.

“Mr. Trump fired Roger Stone last night,” a campaign spokesperson told CBS News Saturday. “We have a tremendously successful campaign, and Roger wanted to use the campaign for his own personal publicity.”

Trump’s campaign took issue with Stone and “a number of articles about him recently,” saying that the business mogul “wants to keep the focus of the campaign on how to Make America Great Again.” The news was first reported by the Washington Post.

But Stone, a longtime Trump aide and a former Richard Nixon associate, denied that he had been fired.

“I resigned this morning — categorically deny being fired,” Stone told CBS News in an email.

A longtime friend of Stone also told CBS News that Stone “reached out to me last night and early this morning about his intentions and it was to quit.” Another source with firsthand knowledge told CBS News that “he resigned first.”

The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman reported on Twitter that Stone actually sent a resignation letter to the Trump campaign early Saturday morning:

Stone criticized the campaign in the resignation letter, which CBS News has obtained a copy of, saying “the current current controversies involving personalities and provocative media fights have reached such a high volume that it has distracted attention from your platform and overwhelmed your core message.”

Stone added that he was “proud of to have played a role in the launch” of Trump’s presidential campaign,” and that he still cared about the business mogul “as a friend.”

“We have enjoyed a close relationship – both personal and political/professional – since the 1980s. You know that I wish only the best for you,” Stone penned in the letter.

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But “[w]ith this current direction of the candidacy,” Stone wrote, “I no longer can remain involved in your campaign.”

Stone, who began his political career in college working on Nixon’s Committee to Re-Elect the President and has since worked for Ronald Reagan and Bob Dole, used to head Trump’s casino lobbying efforts in Washington. He’s widely known in Republican circles as a “dirty trickster,” a moniker given by the New Yorker in a wide-ranging 2008 profile of Stone.

Trump, in the latest contentious episode of a campaign fraught with controversy, recently came under fire for comments he made after Thursday’s first GOP debate. Trump attacked Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly for her questions on how he treated women, insinuating that she was angry and hormonal during the debate.

“There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” Trump told CNN Friday.

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