Glassner, one of Trump’s longest-serving campaign aides, is being shifted to a different role in which he will help oversee the campaign’s legal battles. Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said the decision was “not a reaction to Tulsa.”
“Michael Glassner is moving into the long-term role of navigating the many legal courses we face, including suits against major media outlets, some of which will likely extend beyond the end of the campaign. He is one of the founding members of Team Trump and his dedication to the success of the President is unmatched,” Murtaugh added.
But two people said the shuffle was a direct result of the Oklahoma rally and contended that Glassner was being positioned — perhaps unfairly — as the fall guy for the imbroglio. While Glassner has been active in arranging logistics for Trump’s rallies, few internally pointed the finger at him for the failure to fill the arena.
The move comes at a treacherous moment for the president, with polls showing him trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by substantial margins. Kushner has been effectively overseeing the campaign from the White House, but with four months until the election, he is expected to become even more hands-on.
DeWit, a former Arizona state treasurer, is a Trump loyalist who played a key role in the president’s 2016 win. Trump later nominated him to serve as chief operating officer at NASA, a position DeWit stepped down from earlier this year.
DeWit had been in talks with Kushner for several weeks. In his new position, he will oversee everything from budgeting to planning events and rallies.
Trump, who has been mostly cooped up in the White House amid the coronavirus pandemic, has been eager to hit the campaign trail. But the Tulsa failure has stymied his plans. The campaign has been weighing holding smaller events, though it has yet to schedule any.