Donald Trump endorses daughter-in-law to lead Republican National Committee

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Donald Trump wants Lara Trump to lead the RNC - Shutterstock /Tannen Maury
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Donald Trump has endorsed his daughter-in-law to lead the Republican National Committee (RNC).

It comes as the current chair, Ronna McDaniel was reportedly told by Trump to stand down. Ms McDaniel was selected for the job by Mr Trump in 2016 but he is said to now believe it is time for a shake-up and the top of the RNC.

The former US president has now endorsed Lara Trump to co-chair the committee.

Throwing his weight behind his daughter-in-law, the wife of Mr Trump’s third child Eric, he said: “Lara is an extremely talented communicator and is dedicated to all that MAGA stands for.”

The party rules state that there is to be one woman and one man at the head of the RNC. Currently Ms McDaniel’s co-chair is Drew McKissick, who is also South Carolina’s Republican Party Chairman.

To chair alongside his “very talented” daughter-in-law, Mr Trump has voiced support for Michael Watley, current chair of North Carolina’s Republican Party.

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Lara Trump is married to Donald Trump's third child, Eric Trump - AP/Matt Rourke
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Mr Trump has described his daughter-in-law as 'dedicated to all that MAGA stands for' - Shutterstock /Chip Somodevilla

In a statement on Monday evening, Mr Trump said Mr Whatley, who currently serves as the committee’s general counsel, “has done a great job in his home state of North Carolina” and that he should be the RNC’s next chair.

Mr Trump’s endorsements come after weeks of speculation surrounding Ms McDaniel’s future as head of the RNC.

Ms McDaniel, whose term is supposed to last until 2025, reportedly told Mr Trump at his Mar-a-Lago home last week that she plans to step down later this month after the South Carolina Republican primary on February 24.

Mr Trump and Ms McDaniel have worked together closely since 2016 when he selected her for the job following his presidential win. However, the pair have been at odds for some time now, most notably over the Republican primary debates, in which Mr Trump refused to attend. The Washington Post previously reported that Mr Trump pushed Ms McDaniel to cancel them altogether but she refused.

Ms McDaniel has previously indicated that she would step aside if the upcoming Republican nominee prefers.

Mr Trump is also said to have asked Chris LaCivita, the co-manager of his current presidential campaign, to take on the role of RNC’s chief operating officer.

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