Trump: ‘It’s Very Sad What They’ve Done To Paul Manafort’

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 16: US President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on August 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)
August 17, 2018 11:04 a.m.

President Donald Trump on Friday expressed sympathy for his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort while a jury at a federal court in Virginia deliberates the case.

“I don’t talk about that now,” Trump said from the South Lawn when asked an inaudible question about Manafort. “I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad. When you look at what’s going on there, I think it’s a very sad day for our country. He worked for me for a very short period of time. And you know what? He happens to be a very good person. I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.”

The jury is currently deliberating whether Manafort is guilty of financial fraud crimes related to his use of foreign bank accounts. 

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