Trump campaign taps White House aide to oversee rallies

Trump campaign taps White House aide to oversee rallies
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The Trump campaign is bringing on a White House official to help organize its rallies and oversee its advance team as part of an ongoing staff shake-up.

The campaign announced Wednesday that Max Miller will serve as deputy campaign manager for presidential operations and will be responsible for all campaign events that involve President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE, Vice President Pence or other “notable figures.”

Miller has been serving as the deputy assistant to the president, leading the White House’s advance team, and will answer to Campaign Manager Brad ParscaleBrad ParscaleAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report MORE and Deputy Campaign Manager Bill StepienBill StepienFormer Trump campaign chief Parscale reportedly planning to write a book The Memo: Trump hits out as tide moves for Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Biden inches closer to victory MORE.


“I am proud to welcome Max to the team that is going to reelect President Trump less than four months from today,” Parscale said. “Every day, our campaign grows in strength, and Max’s wealth of experience and expertise is an important addition to our team’s world-class advance efforts.”

The hiring comes as the Trump campaign deals with the lingering effects of last month’s rally in Tulsa, Okla.

The rally attracted embarrassing headlines about the empty seats visible in the arena. Outdoor speeches by Trump and Pence were canceled amid low attendance. At least eight campaign staffers and Herman CainHerman Cain'SNL' host Dave Chappelle urges Biden voters to be 'humble' winners 18 Trump rallies have led to 30,000 COVID-19 cases: Stanford University study From HBCUs to Capitol Hill: How Congress can play an important role MORE, a prominent surrogate, all tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the event.

The campaign had already been flooded with criticism over the rally after it was initially scheduled for Juneteenth, the annual celebration of the end of slavery, in a city known for one of the worst instances of racial violence in the country’s history. 

Michael Glassner, who had organized campaign rallies, was reassigned to a legal role within the campaign, and Jeff DeWit, a former Arizona state treasurer and Trump's 2016 Arizona chairman, came on as chief operating officer. The campaign denied the moves had anything to do with the Tulsa event. 

The president’s next rally will take place Saturday in Portsmouth, N.H.