Former President Donald Trump brings in GOP campaign veteran Susie Wiles to help run his political operation, as reports suggest there is an infighting between the group of advisers surrounding him at Mar-a-Lago.
Business Insider reported for the first time the promotion of Wiles, who helped Trump secure the votes of Florida’s Electoral College in both 2020 and 2016. She is also a veteran of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Sen. Rick Scott.
Wiles’ loftiness, Insider reported, sparked speculation that Trump was preparing to ditch his national campaign leader Bill Stepien and deputy Justin Clark for 2020, who have continued to work for Trump while ruling Mar-a-Lago’s Republican party politics. .
Former President Donald Trump (left) put Republican campaign veteran Susan Wiles (right) in charge of his political operation amid speculation he could push former campaign manager Bill Stepien out
Former President Donald Trump (left) poses for a photo with Susan Wiles (right). ‘The president tells everyone around Mar-a-Lago that Susie is now in charge,’ Politico’s Playbook reported Thursday
Wiles was brought in last week to help structure Trump’s efforts to remain the leader of the Republican Party and to help him with a bid for the White House in 2024 if that plan goes through, Insider said.
“The president tells everyone around Mar-a-Lago that Susie is now in charge,” reported Politico’s Playbook.
In an interview with his daughter-in-law Lara Trump – who was promptly taken off social media on Wednesday – the ex-president indicated that the door was very much open to a White House run in 2024.
“You have hope, I can tell you, you do have hope,” Trump said when Lara asked Trump if his supporters could remain hopeful that he would become president again. “ We love our country, this country, we all owe our country a lot, but now we have to help our country, ” Trump added.
Playbook also reported that Trump has become suspicious because a number of aides around him have added political clients – using his name and their connections with the ex-president to grow their business.
There was a lot of smoke in the area. “If I’m your adviser, I can get the president to approve,” a Trump adviser told Politico. ‘To make money [him] or using [him] is the thing he hates the most. ‘
Another Politico story was released on Thursday detailed just that, as a prominent Trump donor received an unsolicited phone call from a Republican running for office, indicating that someone in Trumpworld had accessed the campaign’s donor list for their own political clients.
This prompted Jones Day, the law firm that represented Trump’s campaign committee, to send a warning to former employees telling them to destroy any information they may have taken from the Trump campaign’s Rolodex.
In the letter, former executives were threatened with prosecution.
“ These are people who didn’t love each other four months ago and now they all have a common interest: how to get some money out of Trump’s presidency, ” a senior official told Politico of the dynamic.
Politico also covered a scene at a Mar-a-Lago fundraiser for a sitting Republican in which a Trump assistant bragged to another about his role in setting up the event.
“I don’t begrudge anyone for wanting to make money … but don’t be so bold about it,” said the assistant who overheard the bragging rights.
The jockeying for access and influence by aides around Trump in Mar-a-Lago was described by a campaign advisor by Politico in 2016 as the “ Wild West. ”
Another source told the publication, “Right now it’s like childcare if you bring the adults with you.”
“There is hardly anyone with organizational skills left,” said the source.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller has been quoted by both Insider and Politico as pulling down reports of disagreement.
In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump spokesman Jason Miller accused Politico of using the ex-president’s name to pull eyeballs. “The clickbait is soooo thirsty today !!!” he told DailyMail.com
“Now that I’ve been in Trump World for five years now, I’d say there’s the least amount of ally competition or conflict here right now than I’ve ever seen,” Miller said. “The people who have kept the president in his orbit are all true believers who understand that he makes his own decisions, and we have very specific roles that support him.”
In a tweet Thursday morning, Miller accused Politico of using Trump’s name to pull eyeballs.
“Very disappointed with three (!) Misleading articles this morning in Politico and Playbook that all share a common denominator: using the name Trump as a clickbait,” Miller wrote.
He was referring to Playbook’s article on the promotion of Wiles, the longer piece on ‘Lord of the Flies’ factionalism in Mar-a-Lago and another report in a Government Accountability Office report that said the US Agency for International Development did not strictly monitor the money spent on women’s programs – it linked it to Ivanka Trump because it was its signature initiative.
Miller called Ivanka Trump’s work in that area a “huge success.”
“The clickbait is soooo thirsty today !!!” he told DailyMail.com.