Not So Fast

RNC Member Tries To Slow Trump Effort To Swiftly Take Over, Have Group Pay Legal Tab

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at Republican National Committee convention, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, as he marches toward the party nomination, has made clear he wants control of the Republican National Committee – calling for changes amid recent failed and-or disappointing election cycles.

He recently met privately with Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, has touted daughter-in-law Lara Trump as the next c0-chairperson with Michael Whatley, a RNC member from North Carolina, whom the former president has also backed.

And Trump has proposed that his campaign co-manager, Chris LaCivita, become the RNC’s chief operating officer.

Now, a prominent Republican National Committee member is proposing two resolutions that would at least slow the process.

The first resolution by Henry Barbour – a longtime RNC member from Mississippi — would prohibit the national party from coordinating with Trump or fundraising with his campaign until he wins enough delegates to be the party’s presumptive nominee.

The second would bar the RNC from paying Trump’s legal bills.

Unlike the Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee the Trump campaign and the RNC have yet to begin a joint fundraising committee, which allows them to better coordinate on mutual financial matters.

The Trump campaign released a statement Saturday disapproving of the resolutions, saying “the primary is over and it is the RNC’s sole responsibility to defeat Joe Biden and win back the White House.”

LaCivita has said RNC would not pay for Trump’s legal-related expenses when the campaign and the RNC merge their efforts.