Ex-Trump aide still supports businessman's White House race

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Posted: Aug 11, 2015 7:35 AM

WASHNGTON (AP) — A former adviser who says he quit Donald Trump's presidential campaign is calling the billionaire real estate mogul the best bet to shake up a "broken" U.S. political system.

Roger Stone says he resigned because he felt Trump was getting too distracted by marginal issues like his feud with Fox News personality Megyn Kelly.

There have been conflicting reports about the circumstances surrounding Stone's departure, including contentions by the campaign that he was fired.

Yet Stone, who's consulted eight presidential campaigns, says he supports Trump. He tells NBC's Today show Tuesday that Trump is the only candidate who "has the gumption and independence" to shake up the system. Stone adds that he wishes Trump would give more attention to "big-picture issues," in the style of former President Ronald Reagan.