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Trump appoints campaign manager for 2020 re-election bid

By Daniel Uria
Trump appoints campaign manager for 2020 re-election bid
President Donald Trump appointed his former campaign digital director Brad Parscale as his campaign manager for his 2020 re-election bid. Pool Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 27 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump appointed Brad Parscale to run his re-election bid in 2020, his campaign announced Tuesday.

Parscale is expected to lead "advanced planning" and build infrastructure for the 2020 race in addition to providing candidates with general support and endorsements, and rallying the support in the 2018 mid-term elections, Trump's campaign said in a statement.

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Parscale worked as a digital marketing strategist for the Trump Organization, before working for Trump's presidential campaign in 2016 and then continuing to lead digital strategies for the campaign and the Republican National Committee.

Trump's son, Eric Trump, described Parscale as an "amazing talent" who was "pivotal" to the success of his father's 2016 campaign.

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"He has our family's complete trust and is the perfect person to be at the helm of the campaign," he said.

Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, praised Parscale's "disciplined technology and data-driven approach" during the 2016 campaign.

"His leadership and expertise will be help build a best-in-class campaign," Kushner said.

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Trump had three different campaign managers throughout his 2016 campaign, two of which have been connected to the investigations into Russian interference in the election.

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His first manager Corey Lewandowski has been called to testify in front of a House committee probing Russian meddling efforts.

Lewandowski was replaced by Paul Manafort, who resigned in August 2016 after The New York Times reported a Ukrainian government corruption probe found Manafort received nearly $13 million off the books from a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party.

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Manafort has been charged twice by the special counsel investigating the Russian interference, the most recent charges coming on Feb. 22, 2018.

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