Trump endorses new RNC chair, announces daughter-in-law’s run for vice chair

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Former President Donald Trump on Monday announced his proposals for changes within the Republican National Committee, recommending leadership positions for North Carolina GOP chairman Michael Whatley, daughter-in-law Lara Trump and senior -campaign consultant Chris LaCivita.

Last week, Trump nominated Whatley to replace RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel after the South Carolina Primary.

A source familiar with the change told Fox News Digital at the time that Trump was pushing for Whatley to replace McDaniel because he was “so powerful on election fraud” in 2020.

On Monday, Trump officially announced that he believes Whatley should be the next director of the RNC.

“Michael has been with me from the beginning, he’s done a great job in his home state of North Carolina, and he’s committed to election integrity, which we need to keep fraud at bay.” – out of our election, so it won’t be stolen,” Trump said.


Trump's endorsement

Former President Donald Trump announced his endorsements for leadership positions in the Republican National Committee on February 12, 2024. Former President Michael Whatley, left, agreed to be is the next chairman of the RNC; Lara Trump to be vice president; and Chris LaCivita to be Chief Operating Officer of the RNC. (AP and Getty Images)

Whatley has been the GOP chairman in North Carolina since 2019. Whatley is also the general counsel for the Republican National Committee.

Prior to his work with the Republican Party, Whatley served as a federal law clerk, a senior official in the administration of President George W. Bush and as chief of staff for former General Elizabeth Dole, RN .C. Whatley also served as a senior advisor to the Bush-Cheney campaign, Florida Restatement and Transition Teams, as well as the Trump-Pence campaign and transition teams.

In addition to trying to bring Whatley into the top leadership position on the committee, Trump announced plans to run his daughter-in-law Lara Trump as co-chair of the RNC.


Former President Donald Trump picks up the pace as he visits the first caucus state in Iowa

MSNBC refused to air former President Trump’s speech after his landslide victory in the Iowa caucuses. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

“Lara is an extremely talented communicator and is dedicated to what MAGA stands for,” said the former president. “She has told me that she wants to take on this challenge and that she would she’s BIG!”

The third position Trump hopes to influence within the committee is as chief operating officer. He would like to see Chris LaCivita in that role.

“Chris will manage the day-to-day operations of the RNC, so he will be a fighting machine for 2024 and will use all the tools at his disposal to win for the American people,” Trump said.


Former President Donald Trump in New Hampshire

Republican presidential candidate former US President Donald Trump waves to supporters at the end of a campaign rally at the Atkinson Country Club on January 16, 2024 in Atkinson, New Hampshire. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

The 45th president also said the three were “very talented, battle-tested and intelligent,” adding that they have “total and complete conviction” to lead the RNC.

As Trump seeks re-election to serve as President for another four years, he said Monday how important it was for the RNC to be a good partner during the election.

“That means helping to ensure fair and transparent elections across the country, getting the vote out everywhere – even in parts of the country where it won’t be easy – and working with my campaign, as the Republican nominee for President, to win. this election and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,” he said.

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Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel is seen here speaking before the Republican presidential primary debate hosted by NBC News on November 8, 2023, in Miami. The RNC will be meeting privately in Las Vegas this week. They will no longer discuss former President Donald Trump’s intention to be the Republican nominee. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Last week, Trump met with McDaniel at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, and after the meeting, he posted on his Social Truth that McDaniel was a “friend” but that he would urge changes at the RNC after the South. Carolina presidential primary.

The former president pointed to McDaniel’s previous tenure as chairman of the Michigan GOP.

“I think she did okay, initially, in the RNC. I would say right now, maybe changes will be made,” he said.

When she won re-election last year, McDaniel said in an interview with Fox News that her last two-year term would be leading the party’s national committee.

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If McDaniel resigns, the replacement would have to be approved by the RNC’s 168 committee members.

McDaniel addressed the speculation last week in a letter to RNC members, assuring them that she was still hard at work as RNC chair, “building a machine that elects Republicans up and down.” down the ballot in November.

Fox News Digital’s Brooke Singman and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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