Trump supports Michael Whatley for RNC chair and Lara Trump for co-chair

Former president Donald Trump endorsed Michael Whatley for Republican National Committee president and his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, as co-chair.

Trump announced the news in a statement Monday evening, citing Whatley’s commitment to election integrity. He also approved one of his senior advisers, Chris LaCivita, as chief operating officer.

“This group of three is very talented, seasoned and intelligent. They have my full and complete support to lead the Republican National Committee,” Trump said in a statement to ABC News.

The news of Trump’s support comes as Ronna McDaniel, the current chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, and Trump have discussed the possibility of his resignationaccording to several people familiar with their conversation.

PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks alongside Eric and Lara Trump during his major night rally at the Sheraton on January 23, 2024 in Nashua, NH (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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However, the RNC released its own statement following Trump’s endorsement of the party’s new leadership, stating that Chairwoman McDaniel would not leave her post or announce her future plans before the South Carolina GOP primary on February 24.

“Chairwoman McDaniel has been on the road helping elect Republicans up and down the ballot and she will continue to work hard to beat Biden this fall. Nothing has changed and there will be no decisions or announcements on future plans until South Carolina,” the RNC spokesperson said.

Trump’s endorsements come amid the RNC’s slow fundraising ahead of the 2024 election cycle, which begins in January 2024 with just $8 million in the bank, while his Democratic counterparts had $21 million.

This is partly because the Democratic National Committee has a fundraising advantage over the RNC due to its joint fundraising ability with the session’s re-election campaign…

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