Trump to be joined by Graham, McMaster at Jan. 28 SC event

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump will probably be joined by two of his highest-profile South Carolina supporters — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Gov. Henry McMaster — on the first public marketing campaign occasion of his 2024 White Home bid later this month within the early voting state.

Trump will probably be on the Statehouse in Columbia on Jan. 28 and can unveil his South Carolina management crew, in line with an individual conversant in the plans. That particular person spoke to The Related Press on situation of anonymity as a result of the particular person wasn’t approved to talk publicly.

Trump’s marketing campaign had beforehand confirmed the South Carolina occasion however hadn’t supplied particulars.

The occasion may also embody members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation, in addition to state lawmakers, in line with the particular person.

U.S. Rep. Russell Fry, who with Trump’s assist ousted U.S. Rep. Tom Rice in a major final yr, instructed the AP on Tuesday that he could be on the rollout.

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, who defeated a Trump-backed opponent in her personal GOP major final yr, instructed AP she wouldn’t attend the occasion, and that she would would wait to endorse a 2024 candidate “as soon as the sector is about.”

“Till then, my powder is dry,” she stated.

In accordance with South Carolina authorities officers, the Trump marketing campaign has blocked off 3 a.m. to 10 p.m. at quite a lot of websites inside and outdoors the Statehouse constructing, planning for “500 attendees.”

Reservation data shared with AP promotes the occasion “as a chance to exemplify the robust assist from elected officers within the state as we strategy the one yr mark to South Carolina’s Republican Presidential Major.”

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Some operatives and elected officers in South Carolina have been receiving calls from Graham asking for his or her assist for Trump’s reelection bid. At the very least two of the individuals requested had turned down the request, in line with the particular person, who spoke with the pair.

Since saying his newest presidential run in November, Trump has restricted his public marketing campaign appearances to occasions at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida earlier than an invited crowd or in a digital setting.

Trump’s go to to South Carolina comes as two of the state’s prime Republicans mull 2024 bids of their very own.

Nikki Haley, a former governor and onetime U.N. ambassador, stated she would take the vacation season to contemplate a White Home marketing campaign.

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has been making visits in different early voting states and launched a political motion committee that would turn out to be a presidential marketing campaign automobile. A Scott spokesperson didn’t instantly remark Tuesday when requested if the senator would attend Trump’s occasion.


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