RNC terminates dozens of staff following endorsement from Trump-supported leadership

 

The newly appointed group leading the Republican National Committee — selected by former president Donald Trump — began dismissing dozens of employees shortly after assuming control, as reported by three sources familiar with the terminations who requested anonymity due to not being authorized to speak publicly.

Approximately 60 individuals were informed that their employment was being terminated, as per a source with direct insight into the changes.

One of the informants regarding the terminations mentioned that workforce from data, political, and communications sectors were impacted, and notifications were given on Monday by Chris LaCivita, a senior adviser to Trump who was present at the RNC’s main office in Capitol Hill. Complaints had been raised by LaCivita against the RNC staff for several months, according to individuals in contact with him, and changes had long been intended. The Trump adviser had been examining the organization’s payroll and employees for several weeks, the source added.

The initial report was released by Politico.

On Friday, the RNC voted to install the new leaders, with Michael Whatley as chair and Lara Trump as co-chair. Lara Trump is the daughter-in-law of the former president. LaCivita, a key aide for Trump’s 2024 campaign, assumed the role of the committee’s chief of staff.

During a speech on Friday, Whatley mentioned that the RNC “will closely collaborate with President Trump’s campaign” as he anticipates a rematch with President Biden.

The RNC finds itself at a crucial juncture in an important election year. Records from a January financial report revealed a historically low cash balance of $8.7 million compared to $24 million at the Democratic National Committee. Broadly speaking, Trump and his supporters are working to close the fundraising gap with Biden and associated groups.

“We need to raise a substantial amount of funds,” mentioned Lara Trump on Friday.

Whatley, the chair of North Carolina GOP, succeeded Ronna McDaniel as RNC chair, a position she had held since 2017. Although Trump had supported her appointment, his opinion of her soured over time and she offered to resign earlier this year.

The exact financial savings resulting from the terminations remained unclear.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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