Trump hires strategist Paul Manafort
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE has reportedly hired Republican strategist Paul Manafort to lead his delegate efforts, The New York Times reported Monday.

Trump confirmed the hire to the Times during a phone interview.

"Yes, it is true," he said.

Manafort has had past experience with nomination fights.

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He helped to manage the convention floor for Gerald Ford during the 1976 convention, when Ford was facing off against Ronald Reagan. Neither candidate went into the convention with a majority of the delegates.

Manafort also helped to manage the convention floor for Ronald Reagan in 1980, George H. W. Bush in 1988 and Bob Dole in 1996.

Manafort has worked as an international political consultant and served as a senior adviser to former President Viktor F. Yanukovych of Ukraine.

Trump is hoping to clinch the nomination ahead of the convention. 

On Monday, his campaign announced it will continue with its plans to contest the delegate allocation from the Louisiana primary. Trump beat rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzIs this any way for NASA to build a lunar lander? GOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE by less than 4 points in the Louisiana primary and both candidates were awarded 18 delegates, but Cruz could end up getting 10 more delegates than the front-runner, according to The Wall Street Journal. He could end up taking Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads What the gun safety debate says about Washington Trump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China MORE's five delegates — as the candidate has since dropped out of the race — and five unbound ones.