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  • Donald Trump is backing his daughter-in-law Lara for the RNC’s next co-chair.
  • Trump said the former television producer is “an extremely talented communicator.”
  • He also endorsed Michael Whatley, the North Carolina GOP chair, to lead the RNC with Lara. 

Donald Trump wants his daughter-in-law Lara Trump to be the Republican National Committee’s next co-chair.

“My very talented daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, has agreed to run as the RNC Co-Chair,” the former president said in a statement on Monday. “Lara is an extremely talented communicator and is dedicated to all that MAGA stands for.”

Lara married Trump’s son, Eric Trump, in 2014. The former television producer played a prominent role in Trump’s presidential campaigns in 2016 and 2020, where she worked as a campaign advisor.

Besides Lara, Trump said he was supporting Michael Whatley, the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, to be “the RNC’s next leader.” Trump also floated political strategist Chris LaCivita for the RNC’s chief operating officer.


“This group of three is highly talented, battle-tested, and smart. They have my complete and total endorsement to lead the Republican National Committee,” Trump said in his statement.

Trump’s endorsements come just a week after he hinted at Ronna McDaniel’s imminent departure as RNC chair. McDaniel’s tenure has been marked by a string of GOP electoral defeats in 2018, 2020, and 2022.

“I think she did OK initially in the RNC. I would say, right now, there will probably be some changes made,” Trump said of McDaniel in a Fox News interview on February 4.

McDaniel, who has held the post since 2017, has reportedly offered to step down after the South Carolina primary this month, per The New York Times.

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