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


Former President Donald Trump announced his recommendations for changes at the Republican National Committee on Monday, proposing leadership positions for North Carolina GOP Chairman Michael Whatley, his daughter-in-law Lara Trump and senior campaign adviser Chris LaCivita.

Last week, Trump recommended 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 strong on election fraud” in 2020.

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

“Michael has been with me since the beginning, he has done a great job in his home state of North Carolina, and he is committed to election integrity, which is what we must uphold to prevent fraud in our elections, so it can't be stolen.” Trump said.

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Former President Donald Trump announced his support for leadership positions in the Republican National Committee on February 12, 2024. The former president endorsed Michael Whatley, left, to become the next RNC chairman; Lara Trump as vice president; and Chris LaCivita as RNC chief operating officer. (AP and Getty Images)

Whatley has served as chairman of the North Carolina GOP since 2019. Whatley also serves as general counsel for the Republican National Committee.

Prior to his work in the Republican Party, Whatley served as a federal lawyer, a senior official in the administration of President George W. Bush and chief of staff to former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C. Whatley also served as a senior advisor to the Bush-Cheney campaign, the Florida recount and transition teams, and the Trump-Pence campaign and transition teams.

In addition to seeking to place Whatley in the committee's top leadership position, Trump announced plans to have his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, run for RNC co-chair.

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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 everything MAGA stands for,” the former president said. “She told me she wanted to accept this challenge and that it would be great!”

The third position Trump hopes to have influence over on the committee is that of director of operations. He would like to see Chris LaCivita in this role.

“Chris will manage the day-to-day operations of the RNC, ensuring it becomes a fighting machine for 2024 and uses every tool available to win for the American people,” Trump said.

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

The 45th president also said the three individuals were “very talented, seasoned and intelligent,” adding that they had his “complete and total support” in leading the RNC.

As Trump seeks re-election to serve as commander in chief for another four years, he said Monday how crucial it is for the RNC to be a good partner during the election.

“That means helping to ensure fair and transparent elections across the country, making voting possible everywhere – even in parts of the country where it won't be easy – and working with my campaign, as the presumptive Republican nominee for president, to win this election and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,” he exclaimed.

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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel speaks here before a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by NBC News on November 8, 2023 in Miami. The RNC is meeting privately in Las Vegas this week. They will no longer consider a resolution to declare former President Donald Trump the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. (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 Truth Social that McDaniel was a “friend” but would seek changes at the RNC after South. Carolina presidential primary.

The former president highlighted McDaniel's previous tenure as chairman of the Michigan GOP.

“I think she did well initially at the RNC. I would say now there will probably be some changes,” he added.

When she was re-elected last year, McDaniel said in a Fox News interview that it would be her final two-year term as head of the party's national committee.

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If McDaniel resigns, his replacement would need the approval of all 168 RNC committee members.

McDaniel addressed the speculation last week in a letter to RNC members, reassuring them that she was still working hard as RNC chairwoman, “building a machine that will elect Republicans up and down in the November elections.”

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



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