Donald Trump’s presidential campaign staff announced the firing Roger Stone on Saturday. However following the announcement Stone fired back saying he was not fired but resigned over Trump’s behavior during the first Republican debate on last Thursday. Trump announced Stone’s departure in an interview with The Washington Post’s Robert Costa, although he suggested Stone may deny his version of events.
Stone has had a relationship with Donald Trump since the 1980s and served as a political consultant for several Republican presidents including Richard Nixon. Stone told Costa that he decided to leave after weeks of friction with the Donald. He added that he cares about the GOP front-runner as a friend and that he cares about the fate of the nation. He vowed to stay active in the national debate so that the Oval Office does not fall to the Bush or Clinton families again. Trump’s campaign accused Stone of exploiting the campaign for personal gain. “Mr. Trump fired Roger Stone last night,” a spokeperson said in a statement. “We have a tremendously successful campaign and Roger wanted to use the campaign for his own personal publicity. He has had a number of articles about him recently and Mr. Trump wants to keep the focus of the campaign on how to Make America Great Again.”
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