Trump campaign hires new chief operating officer
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is changing things up just four months before the general election. The campaign has brought Jeff DeWit, Trump’s 2016 Arizona chair, on as chief operating officer.
DeWit replaces Michael Glassner who is being reassigned to a legal role within the campaign.
“Michael Glassner is moving into the long-term role of navigating the many legal courses we face, including suits against major media outlets, some of which will likely extend beyond the end of the campaign. He is one of the founding members of Team Trump and his dedication to the success of the President is unmatched,” said campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh.
The move comes after the president held his first rally in months in Tulsa, OK where the venue was nowhere near capacity and several staffers contracted COVID-19. The president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is said to be behind the change.
The campaign says the staff changes have nothing to do with the rally and indicated Glassner remains in the president’s good graces. Glassner is one of the original Trump campaign hires dating back to 2015.
DeWit is a Trump loyalist who played a key role in the president’s 2016 election. He was then nominated to serve as chief operating officer at NASA where he served until earlier this year. In his new position, he will oversee everything from budgeting to planning events and rallies.
GOP insiders have become increasingly worried about the president’s reelection campaign due to his polling numbers continuing to drop. The president, however, has said the polls are all rigged and points to 2016 as an example of not to believe what the mainstream media is reporting.
“95 [percent] Approval Rating of President Trump in the Republican Party. I would imagine the 5 [percent] are the RINOS’ [sic] and stupid people who don’t want to see great Judges & Supreme Court Justice’s [sic], a new & powerful Military, Choice for Vets, 2A Protection, big RegulationCuts, Life, & much more,” Trump tweeted.
The president’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, has also taken heat the last couple of weeks with some calling for his replacement, but the Trump campaign says there is not plan to remove him.
“HUGE fundraising for @realDonaldTrump in June! Record $131M – eclipsing any single month in 2016. Record $266M in Q2. $295M cash on hand. $947M total raised Americans voting with their wallets, supporting the President,” tweeted Parscale.
Despite having to cancel campaign rallies this week and next the Trump campaign has not said it will do away with them for good. Democrat Joe Biden made the announcement on Tuesday that his campaign will not hold rallies. Both campaigns are continuing to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic.
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