With less than three weeks remaining before the Nov. 8 general election, a key assistant to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has “stepped back” from his role with the New York businessman’s White House campaign.
Trump’s national campaign director, Jim Murphy, told Politico he had not resigned, “but for personal reasons have had to take a step back from the campaign.”
Murphy’s leave comes one day following the final debate between the real estate mogul and his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton.
While the nature of Murphy’s sabbatical remain unclear, campaign officials noted the long-time political operative had been conspicuously absent from campaign activities in the days leading up to the final debate in Las Vegas and gave every signal the Trump campaign is unraveling quickly.
Brought aboard the Trump campaign amid turmoil in June and replacing the departed Rick Wiley, Murphy is known to be a close political ally of former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
Murphy’s departure from the fore of Trump’s effort for the Oval Office follows a string of high-ranking campaign officials exiting the New York businessman’s campaign over the past four months including: Corey Lewandowski, dismissed as campaign manager, veteran Republican strategist Ed Brookover and Manafort.
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