Former President Donald Trump has announced his campaign leadership team in Iowa, the first state on the Republican Party’s caucus and primary calendar in 2024.
“With this incredible team of skilled professionals and their deep ties to Iowa, we will earn a dominant victory in the caucuses next year,” Trump said in a statement released by his campaign on Feb. 20. The former president made four appointments, with Marshall Moreau being named as state director.
Moreau previously managed the 2022 campaign of Iowa’s Republican attorney general candidate Brenna Bird, who defeated Democrat candidate Tom Miller, the longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history.
Iowa state Rep. Bobby Kaufman (R) and Eric Branstad were named as senior advisers.
Branstad, the son of former Iowa governor and U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, helped run Trump’s 2016 and 2020 races in Iowa. Bobby Kaufmann, who is currently serving his fifth term in the Iowa House of Representatives, is the son of Republican Party of Iowa Chair Jeff Kaufmann.
Alex Latcham, named by Trump to be his early states director, will oversee the campaign’s political operations in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada, according to the statement. Latcham previously worked under the Trump administration as a deputy White House political director in the White House Political Office, the statement adds.
“As Democrats destroy decades of tradition, we must always protect Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation Caucuses,” Trump said.
“I’m the one who did it this time and you will always be first with me. It was my great honor to get $28 billion for our farmers, as China took advantage of them for years,” Trump continued. “And don’t forget the USMCA, replacement to the horrible NAFTA.”
Trump signed the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law in January 2020, replacing the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.
By Frank Fang