Trump aide Paul Manafort: 'I work directly for the boss'
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE's newly hired strategist Paul Manafort said Friday he works "directly for the boss" after being given additional responsibilities within the campaign.
 
"Campaigns have different phases," Manafort told CNN's "New Day." "Because the campaigns come in stages, [Trump] also understood that there comes a time when winning isn't enough, but it's how you win and how much you win." 
 
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"I've known Donald since the 1980s, and we talked about it, and he felt that I could help him, as I felt, and he made the changes," he said, adding when asked a follow-up, "I work directly for the boss."
 
Trump's campaign announced Thursday that it was promoting Manafort to convention manager one week after hiring the veteran GOP strategist to lead his delegate efforts. In his new role, he will oversee all functions involving the nominating process and Trump's outreach to GOP lawmakers.
 
Manafort said Thursday in a statement that in his new role, he would be "working closely" with Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and deputy campaign manager Michael Glassner. 
 
Media reports have suggested disagreement between Manafort and Lewandowski, who was charged last month with simple battery in an incident involving a reporter. Trump fiercely defended his embattled aide in public, reports indicated Lewandowski may see a diminished role in the campaign going forward.
 
"I listen to everybody, but I have one man whose voice is louder than everybody else's," Manafort said Friday.
 
He also argued that while rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation MORE picked up a major win in Utah last month, "Utah and New York are two different states," adding, "By the time we get to California, the momentum is going to be clear, and Ted Cruz's path to victory will be in shambles."