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Paul Manafort pushed back on talk that the campaign is in a state of disarray after a week in which the billionaire called President Obama the founder of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and made what many took as a threat against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBriahna Joy Gray: Progressives like Turner should reconsider running as Democrats Biden wishes Obama a happy birthday Ohio special election: A good day for Democrats MORE

"The campaign is moving forward and is very strong," Manafort said on CNN's "State of the Union." 

"Trump is very plugged in and he's very connected. ... The media chose to take [the] Clinton campaign narrative and go on [the] attack on Donald Trump." 

While Trump delivered a speech on economic policy last Monday in Detroit, the coverage of his campaign primarily focused on controversial comments he made about Obama and Clinton. 

On Tuesday, he appeared to joke that "Second Amendment people" could stop his Democratic counterpart from naming liberal justices to the Supreme Court. Trump later said his comments were misconstrued, and Manafort agreed with that sentiment Sunday. 

"The point is, most people did not take it that way. It was not at all meant to be a threat," he said. 

"You could have been covering what he was saying, or you could take the Clinton narrative and play it out, and you chose to do that instead," he said.