Trump Slams RNC

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( – In a new case of discord in the GOP leadership, the Republican National Committee is considering two draft resolutions to delay calling the 2024 nomination race for Donald Trump and to refuse to pay his legal bills – leading the former president’s campaign to react with outrage.

As he is expected to clinch the party’s presidential nomination for a third consecutive time, the first proposal of the RNC seeks to keep the body’s neutrality in the nomination process until Trump secures the necessary 1,215 delegates.

The former president’s sole remaining competitor for the nomination is former US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley.

The second proposal intends to prevent the party from covering his legal expenses in the Democrat-led trials against him, The New York Post reports.

“The primary is over and it is the RNC’s sole responsibility to defeat Joe Biden and win back the White House. Efforts to delay that assist Joe Biden in the destruction of our nation. Republicans cannot stand on the sidelines and allow this to happen,” reacted Chris LaCivita, a senior adviser to Trump’s campaign.

LaCivita, who the former president has chosen to assume the role of the party’s chief operating officer, also noted Trump’s support for Lara Trump, his daughter-in-law, to become party co-chair and for Michael Whatley, the North Carolina GOP Chair, to succeed Ronna McDaniel as the party chair.

The two draft resolutions were initiated by Henry Barbour, an RNC committee member from Mississippi, and were first reported by The Dispatch.

Their introduction precedes the RNC’s meeting in Houston from March 7-9, during which McDaniel is anticipated to resign based on Trump’s wishes.

These drafts are perceived as a rebuttal to another resolution from January that aimed to prematurely declare Trump as the presumptive nominee, a move led by David Bossie, a Maryland RNC committeeman and former deputy manager of Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Following Trump’s convincing wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, Bossie argued that Trump’s nomination was inevitable, urging the RNC to focus on the general election.

However, facing significant opposition, Trump disapproved of the resolution to boost “PARTY UNITY,” which led Bossie to withdraw his proposal.

For a draft resolution to be adopted, it must be approved by the 168-member RNC.

In the past, the RNC covered some of Trump’s legal costs, but ceased doing so when he announced his candidacy for reelection in November 2022.

This cessation was highlighted by Lara Trump, who mentioned a GoFundMe campaign initiated to help Trump pay a $355 million civil fraud judgment.

She suggested public interest in the RNC resuming payment of Trump’s legal fees, a suggestion later dismissed by a senior Trump adviser.

Meanwhile, the RNC faces financial challenges as it received $87.2 million last year and ended with approximately $8 million.

In contrast, the Democratic National Committee secured $119 million, concluding with $21 million available.