Recalling a recent fundraiser for a reigning Republican in Mar-a-Lago, one Trump adviser was incredulous that another had told those in attendance that he was instrumental in organizing such gatherings – and should, of course, act as a fundraising advisor for they are discontinued.
“I won’t allow anyone to want to earn money … but don’t be so bold,” said the aide.
Several former campaign officials and top White House aides who have retained access to Trump – either through regular meetings in Mar-a-Lago or through weekly phone calls – launched their own ventures after the 2020 elections. While trying to ingratiate themselves with new customers and donors, they have settled in various camps that distrust each other.
Former campaign manager Bill Stepien has teamed up with assistant campaign manager Justin Clark and consultant Nick Trainer a political consultancy;; Former employees of the 2016 campaign, Corey Lewandowski and Dave Bossie, have been tasked with creating a new Super PAC for the ex-president. Former White House political advisor Stephen Miller is in the process of forming a new right-wing group. and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows works for the Conservative Partnership Institute, which has a donor summit scheduled for Palm Beach next week. Others like Sergio Gor, former chief of staff of the Trump campaign’s finance committee, and Caroline Wren, another Trump fundraiser, have worked closely with Republican candidates in races in 2022.
“Trump is surrounded by people who say,” They need us, “but they really need him,” said the person close to the former president.
Trump’s spokesman Jason Miller, who is in regular contact with the former president and his aides currently working for him, denied claims of friction in Trump’s orbit. Instead, Miller said he had never seen such harmony.
“Having been around Trump World for five years now, I would argue that there is the least competition or conflict with allies at this point than I have ever seen,” he said. “The people the president has kept in his orbit are all true believers who understand that he is making his own decisions, and we have distinct roles to support him.”
Another former adjutant, who is still in frequent contact with Trump’s advisors, agreed that the political skeleton operation “works out”.
But the whispering campaigns and mud slaughter were noticed well beyond Trump’s immediate team of aides. Some of the former president’s most trusted outside allies have personally urged him to fire his current cadre, claiming that those he has surrounded himself with are solely focused on enriching themselves or too clumsy to be around to conduct a successful operation according to the President.