Trump's New Right-Hand Man Accuses Cruz Campaign of 'Gestapo Tactics'

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 7:02 PM

Ted Cruz' campaign is using to safe delegates. After being asked whether threatening delegates is objective game in the hunt for the one thousand two hundred thirty-seven required to safe the republican nomination, Manafort responded, "It'south not my style, and it'south not Donald Trump'south style … But it's Ted Cruz's style." He then called the Cruz campaign'south methods "Gestapo tactics, scorched-earth tactics." "We're going to be filing several protests because reality is, you know, they're not playing by the rules," Manafort said.

Trump's New Right-Hand Man Accuses Cruz Campaign of 'Gestapo Tactics'

In his first Sun indicate interview since taking on an expanded role in Donald Trump'south campaign, Paul Manafort was fast to lift questions about the tactics Sen. Ted Cruz' campaign is using to safe delegates.

After being asked whether threatening delegates is objective game in the hunt for the one thousand two hundred thirty-seven required to safe the republican nomination, Manafort responded, "It'south not my style, and it'south not Donald Trump'south style … But it's Ted Cruz's style." He then called the Cruz campaign'south methods "Gestapo tactics, scorched-earth tactics."

"We're going to be filing several protests because reality is, you know, they're not playing by the rules," Manafort said.

But Manafort, who's advised republican presidential campaigns going back to Pres. Gerald Ford, wouldn't outline the rules he's playing by either. When pressed on whether paying for a delegate'south golf membership or ride to the conference was in the realm opportunity he answered, "Well, there'south the law, and then there'south ethics, and then there'south getting votes. I'm not going to obtain into what tactics are used."

Manafort'south larger portfolio below the title of "convention manager" has many wondering if he's the de facto campaign manager, leaving the guy who actually has that title - Corey Lewandowski - with a diminished role. Manafort tried to rise over the speculation saying that the person "running" the campaign is Donald Trump.

He continued, "Trump was doing very well on a model that made sense, but now, as the campaign has gotten to the finish stages, a more traditional campaign has to get place. And Trump recognized that and is presently reaching out not just with me, but with others as well that you'll start to look come in."

A senior campaign official mimicked this sentiment to NBC News this week, expressing that the smaller-than-most campaign was growing as it entered a new phase of the election cycle.

Outlined in a press release announcing Manafort'south new position, Lewandowski still oversees day-to-day operations of the campaign, whereas Manafort will helm the new DC office. This office is in charge of the delegate tracking and operations, as well as WA outreach. Manafort will also work closely with Deputy Campaign Manager Michael Glassner.

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