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And he said Paul Manafort, who ran Trump's campaign for months, "played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time".

That depends on what he means by the word "limited".

Manafort, of course, ran Trump's campaign for several months a year ago after original campaign manager Corey Lewandowski resigned amid controversy over his manhandling of a female Breitbart writer. And when campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was sacked in June, Manafort - who butted heads with Lewandowski - was widely seen as the campaign's top official.

On Sunday, the White House released another late-day account of the president's day, including a call with the president of Chile. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Manafort was targeted for blackmail by Ukrainians who claimed to have proof that he received $12.7 million in cash payments from an organization supporting pro-Russian former Ukraine Pres. Viktor Yanukovych. The fact that the president golfs is less important than the fact that he routinely promised voters before the election that he'd do the opposite.

A report from The New York Times tonight looks at how people on Capitol Hill and in the White House view President Trump's tweeting habits, considering how the Federal Bureau of Investigation director had to rebut Trump's wiretapping tweets during today's big hearing.

During a congressional hearing Monday examining Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible connections between Moscow and Trump's aides, FBI Director James Comey was asked about various campaign advisers and staffers, including Carter Page, whom Trump once named as one of his foreign policy advisers.

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"Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the US, President Obama spent the day playing golf", Trump tweeted in October 2014.

But pressed on his initial comment about Manafort, Spicer later said that he was not trying to demote the former campaign chairman but rather note he was not with the campaign at the end.

"Very little", Trump told reporters traveling with him Sunday on Air Force One back to Washington, recounting what he said had been a busy weekend of meetings to sell the health care bill and strategize about the nuclear threat from North Korea.

"By the middle of August", Spicer said of Manafort, "he was no longer with the campaign, meaning that for the final stretch of the general election he was not involved".

In a letter to the Senate intelligence committee, Page, who has emerged as a key figure in the controversy surrounding Trump associates' connections to Russian Federation, cast himself as a regular presence in Trump Tower, where the campaign was headquartered. "Have been told that the president took meetings and phone calls at the club and may have stepped out to hit a few balls".

Spicer said Flynn was only a volunteer on the campaign.

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