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Donald Trump supports North Carolina Republican for RNC chair, with Lara Trump as co-chair.

Trump Endorses New RNC Leadership Slate

Donald Trump has endorsed North Carolina Republican Party Chair Michael Whatley as the next chair of the Republican National Committee and his daughter-in-law Lara Trump as co-chair. This move is seen as an attempt to solidify his control over the organization as he nears the presidential nomination.

Trump emphasized the importance of the RNC working flawlessly and being a good partner with his campaign for the 2024 election. The endorsement of Whatley comes after reports of Trump’s frustration with the current chair, Ronna McDaniel, over lackluster fundraising and the party’s performance in recent elections.

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The reshuffling also includes Chris LaCivita, a co-manager of Trump’s campaign, who will serve as the RNC’s chief operating officer. Sources have indicated that McDaniel may step down after the South Carolina primary on Feb. 24, which Trump is expected to win.

Trump’s statement has been met with criticism from the Democratic National Committee, which highlighted Whatley’s past claims about the 2020 election results. Meanwhile, Lara Trump’s role as co-chair has raised concerns about nepotism, although she has been a staunch supporter of her father-in-law and has been active in conservative politics.

One of the key tasks for the new leadership will be to address the RNC’s financial challenges. Winning the nomination would pave the way for joint fundraising efforts between Trump’s campaign and the RNC, allowing them to raise funds from major donors.

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Haley’s campaign manager, Betsy Ankney, has criticized Trump’s proposed leadership changes, describing the RNC as “effectively bankrupt” and expressing a desire to conduct an audit of its finances if Haley is elected.

Overall, Trump’s endorsement of the new RNC leadership slate reflects his efforts to strengthen his position within the party as he prepares for the upcoming presidential election.

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