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Report: Trump adding another veteran political operative

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is reportedly hiring another veteran political operative to help him win the delegates required to secure the nomination, Bloomberg News reported.

Ken McKay, who worked as Chris Christie’s campaign manager before the New Jersey governor dropped his presidential bid earlier this year, will work as a senior adviser for Trump’s campaign on the team led by convention manager Paul Manafort.

{mosads}McKay is the third campaign manager of a former rival who is joining Trump’s team.

The front-runner previously hired Rick Wiley, Scott Walker’s former campaign manager. Ed Brookover, who formerly worked on Ben Carson’s campaign, also joined Trump’s team.

McKay, who was the Republican National Committee’s chief of staff, also worked as the political director at the Republican Governors Association in 2014 and 2015.

A formal announcement of the hire is expected later Monday, according to Bloomberg.

The news comes after fellow candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich revealed a coordinated strategy Sunday night to split the upcoming states in an effort to deny Trump the nomination, forcing a contested Republican National Convention in July. Kasich will clear a path for Cruz in the upcoming Indiana primary and Cruz will back down in other states.

Trump slammed the plan, calling it a “horrible act of desperation.”

“It is sad that two grown politicians have to collude against one person who has only been a politician for ten months in order to try and stop that person from getting the Republican nomination,” Trump said in a statement early Monday.

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