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CNN’s Santorum: Trump Had to Hire Manafort Because ‘Nobody Wanted to Work For Him’

Former Republican senator and CNN senior political commenter Rick Santorum suggested the Trump campaign only hired Paul Manafort because they were so desperate after “A, B, and C list” Republicans refused to sign onto the campaign.

“The biggest vulnerability of the Trump [campaign], of Donald Trump in this whole investigation is the fact that A, B, and C list players who were political players in the Republican Party would not go to work for Donald Trump during the primary,” Santorum claimed to CNN host Chris Cuomo tonight, during a post-game analysis of Trump’s border wall Oval Office address.

“Nobody wanted to work for him, so he had to go and get a lot of the — you know, Paul Manafort, who hadn’t been active in Republican politics in forever, and was not well respected, had all sorts of issues,” the former Pennsylvania lawmaker added. “The bottom line is, he had some people around him.”

“He came in like the messiah to help you guys in the convention!” Cuomo shot back.

Santorum concluded by saying he “considered” Manafort “from the beginning” and stated “the real question” regarding the Russia probe rests on Manafort.

“Was Manafort working on his own, doing his own thing, for his friends in Russia, or was this something coordinated by the campaign?” Santorum said. “I don’t know for sure, but I think 99 percent chance that we’re looking at a lone wolf.”

While it is true that Trump brought on numerous fringe and unlikely characters onto his campaign, he also had numerous establishment or mainstream Republicans on his campaign and working his convention. They had an array of work experience in Washington D.C. ranging from the Koch umbrella, to Republican offices on the Hill, and even George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns. This list includes Kellyanne Conway, Michael Glassner, John Mashburn, Alan Cobb, Barry Bennett, Mike McSherry, Jason Miller, and Michael Biundo, among others.

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