Former President Donald Trump just made his first big post-presidency political hire. Trump named veteran Florida political operative Susan Wiles to run his election operations heading into the critical 2022 midterms.
“Susie has been a great teammate for two successful presidential campaigns in Florida and we’re glad to have her join the all-stars already assembled. Watch out 2022” Trump adviser Jason Miller said.
“She is in a position of influence right now,” one Trump adviser said. “The question is: What direction does Susie take the organization?”
It’s been barely three months since he left office, but former President DONALD TRUMP is already reorganizing his nascent post-White House political operation, bringing in veteran political consultant SUSIE WILES to instill order.
Wiles has been tasked with overseeing Trump’s fundraising operation and creating a system for issuing endorsements. Notably, she will layer over Trump’s former campaign manager BILL STEPIEN and deputy JUSTIN CLARK, as well as the committee of people who currently help decide endorsements.
While Trump has expressed frustration with Stepien and Clark — as he has with many of his previous chiefs of staff and campaign managers — he is not firing them.
Wiles — who previously managed the campaigns of Florida Sen. RICK SCOTT and Gov. RON DESANTIS and led Trump’s Florida operation during much of his two campaigns there — has been quietly working behind the scenes for weeks.
But Trump has been more vocal about centralizing her power until he’s satisfied with the new direction of his political operation.
“The president tells everyone around Mar-a-Lago that Susie is now in charge,” an adviser said.
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