Trump will headline a second campaign event with hundreds of Republican leaders and grassroots activists at the rally in Salem. In South Carolina – An early voting stage – later in the day.
The pair of events gives Trump an opportunity to revitalize his campaign, which has been slow-moving since his first He announced his candidacy November. Only the former president has been declared a major candidate for 2024, but several Republicans are publicly weighing or fueling speculation about possible bids.
In New Hampshire, Trump will formally announce that outgoing state GOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek will be added to his campaign operation in the Granite State as a senior adviser, a source familiar with the hiring told CNN.
Stefanek co-chaired Trump’s first presidential campaign before becoming the top GOP official in New Hampshire, serving two terms. He joins Trump’s team as the three-time presidential contender looks to repeat his 2016 victory in a first-in-the-nation primary, which could be complicated by eroding support among state officials looking for a fresh face to top their party’s ticket. .
Trump’s decision to tap Stepanek First reported through politics.
Stefanek had previously expressed excitement about the former president’s upcoming speech, saying, “President Trump has long been a strong defender of New Hampshire’s national primary status, and we’re excited to have him join us to deliver comments to our members.”
Trump’s visit comes just days before the Democratic National Committee is set to vote on a new proposed 2024 presidential primary schedule. President Joe Biden It would also strip New Hampshire of its First Nation status — a move Strongly opposed By New Hampshire Democrats. Republicans have already locked in the early ranks of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — the same ranks Democrats held earlier.
Governor of New Hampshire Chris Sununu, considered a potential contender for the 2024 GOP nomination, has been a vocal critic of Trump. He argued in December that Trump is “not the influence he thinks he is” and that the Republican Party is “moving on” from him.
After the New Hampshire event, Trump flies to South Carolina helped pave his way to become the GOP nominee in 2016 and is expected to release a leadership team and some endorsements. South Carolina Republican Sen. Others include Lindsey Graham, Governor Henry McMaster and US Representative Russell Fry. A primary success last year Over a GOP position who voted for impeachment Trump.
Trump It is still being investigated by the judiciaryand special counsel Jack Smith, who is overseeing criminal investigations into Trump’s possession of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort and parts of it. January 6, 2021, Rebellion In the US capital. Both investigations refer to Trump’s conduct.
It comes in the wake of recent revelations that classified documents were found at locations linked to Trump’s Saturday campaign events. Both are Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence. Attorney General Merrick Garland Appointed a special public prosecutor Take the investigation into classified Obama-era documents found in Biden’s home and former private office.
Earlier this week, Facebook parent company Meta It announced that it would restore Trump’s accounts Facebook and Instagram in the coming weeks, two years after he was suspended after the January 6 attack.
This story and headline have been updated.