President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is making some changes to his top leadership by shifting Michael Glassner from his current role as chief operating officer to a new role in managing his legal struggles against news organizations.
Jeff DeWit, an Arizona businessman who has been an avid supporter of Trump since the 2016 campaign cycle, will take on the duties of Glassner, of which organizing protests is arguably the most important.
Communications director Tim Murtaugh said the move had nothing to do with the disappointing participation in a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this month that left Trump “furious.”
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“This is not a reaction to Tulsa,” Murtaugh told NBC News in a statement. “Michael Glassner is moving into the long-term role of navigating the many legal courses we face, including lawsuits against the mainstream media, some of which will likely extend beyond the end of the campaign.”
“He is one of the founding members of the Trump team and his dedication to the president’s success is second to none,” said Murtaugh.
Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, is considered the de facto campaign manager, as he is the primary conduit between the White House and the campaign headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia.
Glassner, who has been in charge of the protests for more than three years, is being transferred less than two weeks after the Oklahoma debacle, with only about four months to go until the general election.
However, the Trump campaign has intensified its legal action against the media in recent months, and the move appears to be an indication that the effort may intensify in the coming months.
The news was first reported by Axios.