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Trump suggests new RNC leadership trio, including his daughter-in-law

Former President Donald Trump appears alongside his daughter-in-law Lara Trump. Associated Press/Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file

Trump suggests new RNC leadership trio, including his daughter-in-law

Former President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed Michael Whatley to lead the Republican National Committee. Whatley, currently the chairman of North Carolina’s GOP, would succeed RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. Trump called for his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, to be the RNC’s co-chairwoman. The former president has yet to secure the Republican party nomination for the 2024 presidential election.

When would RNC leadership change? The committee itself would appoint new officers if there’s a vacancy. McDaniel herself has not said if she plans to step down. A win by Trump in the next state primary—Feb. 24 in South Carolina, the home state of his last remaining challenger, Nikki Haley—would signal his likely nomination by the GOP.

Why is Trump suggesting this change? Trump, who described himself as “the Republican presumptive nominee for president,” said the leadership change would help ensure a fair and transparent election and help get out the vote. In his recommendation, he also urged Chris LaCivita to become the committee’s chief operating officer. He called the trio “highly talented, battle-tested, and smart.”

Is anything noteworthy happening with the Democratic National Committee? Late last week, the DNC filed a complaint to the Federal Election Commission alleging that Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been using illegal means to put his name on the ballots across the country. RFK Jr.’s campaign manager, Amaryllis Fox Kennedy, told WORLD that the DNC’s allegations are a “nonissue” and that campaign staff “intend to follow the precise letter of the law.”

Dig deeper: Read R. Albert Mohler Jr.’s column in WORLD Opinions about how candidates’ ages are now a part of the conversation leading up to Election Day.

Josh Schumacher

Josh is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. He’s a graduate of World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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