Paul Manafort’s nomination to be Donald Trump’s vice president has become the latest flashpoint in the GOP battle over the future of the party.
On Tuesday, the Senate voted 50-49 to approve Manafort’s confirmation by the full Senate.
The decision sets up a showdown with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will have to decide whether to allow Manafort to be confirmed, or if he can be blocked by Democrats in the Senate.
Democrats are expected to oppose the nomination, saying Manafort’s history of making controversial comments about the Clintons and Russia are disqualifying for the position.
The vote is significant for Manafort, who has been a key ally of Trump’s, as he has spent years trying to help the president get reelected.
But Manafort has come under scrutiny for his past work with Ukraine’s former president, Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia in 2014 amid the country’s anti-corruption protests.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Manafort called the Ukraine government a “dictatorship.”
He also had ties to Ukrainian neo-Nazis, who fought against Yanukovych in the countrys first popular election in 2014.
He has defended the role of the United States in Ukraine, saying that the United Nations has failed to adequately protect the country.
In January, he was asked by ABC News if he was proud of the fact that Trump won the election.
“I think it was a very good day for the United of America,” Manafort responded.
“It’s a very important day for our country.”
He added that he did not feel like the country had gone through the proper process for its transition into democracy.
Manafort has also expressed skepticism about the idea that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
Manafort was a top adviser to Trump during the campaign.
He is now considered one of Trumps top foreign policy advisers, and has been an informal adviser to the president since he took office in January.
In an interview on Tuesday, Trump told reporters that he would have to ask Manafort to resign before he would make an announcement.
“What I’m looking at right now is what I’m doing right now,” Trump said.
“You know, we’ll see.
But I will ask him to resign.
I think he would do that.
I’m very happy with what he’s done.”
The White House said Trump will not make any announcement until he meets with his national security team, including the National Security Council, which oversees national security and military matters.
Manafort was appointed to his position as a special adviser to then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in early January.