Hours after Paul Manafort announced his resignation from the Trump campaign, Dr. Ben Carson argued that the change isn't anything out of the ordinary, comparing it to an Olympic relay team.
Carson told CNN's Brianna Keilar that Manafort did a "wonderful job" in his role as a middle man, adding that it's a good move to pass the baton on to Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Bannon, who took the reigns of the campaign earlier in the week.
"I think Paul did a wonderful job. This is sort of like the Olympics where you have a relay team," Carson said. "You need to have a starter. You need to have your middle people, and you need to have a finisher.
"Corey Lewandowski did an excellent job as the starter. Paul Manafort came in, he helped to manage the delegate situation, which was really quite difficult, and also to repair the relationships with the RNC. Now we need the closer — we need finishers, and that's what's happening.
"And it's also recognized that Paul Manafort was having some personal issues that were kind of distracting and he wasn't interested in being a distraction at this point, and fortunately there's a lot of talent available and I think you're going to see it manifested," Carson added.
His final point about Manafort refers to recent reports that he helped funnel millions from a pro-Russian party in Ukraine to lobbyists in Washington, amid other reports.
Carson himself is no stranger to campaign turnover. Last December, Carson saw his campaign manager Barry Bennett and communications director Doug Watts resign after disputes over the campaign.