Who is Lara Trump?  Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law is the new RNC chair

Who is Lara Trump? Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law is the new RNC chair

Lara Trump speaks at the 2023 Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
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  • Lara Trump, a former TV news producer married to Eric Trump, is the new co-chair of the RNC.
  • She has been heavily involved in Donald Trump’s presidential campaigns over the years.
  • She supports dog rescue charities, hosts a podcast and is a regular guest on Fox News.

Lara Trump, who is married to Donald Trump’s son Eric, has been a loyal supporter of her father-in-law’s political career since his first campaign in 2016.

Using her experience in television news, she produced promotional videos, presented the campaign at events and became a regular face on Fox News.

Now, with the support of Donald Trump, Lara Trump is gaining even more power in the Republican Party as the new co-chair of the Republican National Committee.

She co-chairs the RNC with its chairman, Michael Watley, a close Trump ally who served as chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. The move puts Trump supporters in control of the GOP platform and funds.

Here’s a look at Trump’s past, his relationship with the Trump family, and his rise to power.

Lara Trump (née Yunaska) grew up in North Carolina.

Eric and Lara Trump.
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She graduated from North Carolina State University in 2005 with a degree in communications.

After college, she went to culinary school and also spent time as a personal trainer.

Lara Trump competes in a triathlon in 2018.
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Lara Trump graduated from the French Culinary Institute with a degree in pastry arts, according to her biography on the official website of the nonprofit Concordia.

An official personal trainer, Trump said in an interview on The Trump Organization’s official website that he competes in triathlons “regularly.”

“Fitness has always been an important part of my life, whether it’s competing in triathlons and marathons or using it to manage stress,” she said.

She met Eric Trump in 2008 and they married in 2014.

Eric and Lara Trump in 2008.
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Trump said “Fox and Friends” that she was “immediately intrigued” when she first met Eric Trump while out with friends in New York.

He proposed after five years of dating and they married at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.

Their dog, a beagle named Charlie, wore the ring at their wedding, and Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, officiated the ceremony.

The couple lives in a $3.2 million mansion in Jupiter, Florida.

She is a former television news producer.

Lara Trump pre-records her address to the 2020 Republican National Convention.
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Trump worked as an associate producer at Inside Edition until 2016, when he left to campaign for Donald Trump, Star News Online reported.

She has two children with Eric Trump.

Eric and Lara Trump with their son Luke and daughter Carolina in 2022.
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Their son Eric “Luke” Trump was born in 2017. Their daughter Carolina Dorothy Trump followed in 2019.

During Donald Trump’s presidency, she worked as a campaign consultant and hosted the Real News show on Facebook.

Eric and Lara Trump speak at a rally for Donald Trump.
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In 2017, Trump began hosting a weekly show called “Real News,” broadcast through the official Donald Trump Facebook page, highlighting the president’s week’s accomplishments and activities.

The show drew criticism for exaggerated descriptions of even mundane presidential activities as “historic” and false claims about policies like Republican tax cut proposals, Salon reported. The Hollywood Reporter compared the show to “state” media.

Lara Trump responded to critics in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, saying, “It’s not propaganda because it’s true.”

Trump is passionate about dog rescue charities and owns two beagles.

Lara Trump attends the 2018 Rescue Dogs Rock NYC benefit.
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Trump and Eric Trump adopted their first dog, Charlie, after two years of dating. They added a second beagle, Ben, in 2016.

Trump also serves on the board of directors for The Big Dog Ranch Rescue, according to the charity’s official website. Her involvement raised questions in 2021 when HuffPost reported that the organization had spent nearly $1.9 million on events at Mar-a-Lago and the Trump National Golf Club since 2014.

In a statement to the publication, The Big Dog Ranch Rescue President Lori Simmons said events at Trump properties have generated more than $12 million for the organization.

“The sole purpose of our fundraising is to raise as much money as possible to save as many lives as possible,” the charity’s spokesperson told the publication. “Politics plays zero role in our organization and to conclude that it does does a disservice to the many who work and volunteer with a passion to treat and rehome our beloved dogs.”

She worked as a Fox News contributor until her departure in 2022 due to her involvement in Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

Laura Trump speaks at an event with Donald Trump in 2021.
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Fox News terminated Trump in 2022 due to the network’s policy not to hire people working on active political campaigns, but she still makes unpaid appearances. Eric Trump is also a regular guest on Fox News programs.

She hosts a podcast called “The Right View.”

Lara Trump speaks at CPAC.
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On “The Right View,” which premiered in July, Trump answers questions from listeners and discusses current events with Trump-world personalities like My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell and Libs from TikTok founder Chaya Rajczyk.

In February, she was elected co-chair of the Republican National Committee.

Lara Trump speaks at the 2024 Republican National Committee Spring Meeting.
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Donald Trump has endorsed his daughter-in-law as she runs for a leadership role at the RNC, calling her an “extremely talented communicator” who is “committed to everything MAGA stands for.” He also endorsed Michael Whatley, a close ally who was chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.

Both hand-picked candidates were elected co-chairs of the RNC, putting Trump loyalists in control of the GOP platform and funds.

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