Former President Donald J. Trump announced his 2024 presidential candidacy late last fall, shortly after the midterm elections.
Since then, the 45th President of The United States has limited his public campaign appearances.
Trump will be at the Statehouse in Columbia on Jan. 28 and will unveil his South Carolina leadership team, according to a person familiar with the plans. That person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.
South Carolina will be an early-voting state and could easily be a determining factor in the Republican primary.
The event will include US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation, as well as state lawmakers, according to the person.
U.S. Rep. Russell Fry, who with Trump’s support ousted U.S. Rep. Tom Rice in a primary last year, told the AP on Tuesday that he would be at the rollout, saying Trump “delivered for the American people before and can do so again.”
“Among remaining Republicans in South Carolina’s U.S. House delegation, Rep. William Timmons’ office said he would attend Trump’s event, Rep. Jeff Duncan’s office said he would not, and a spokesman for Rep. Ralph Norman said his attendance wasn’t certain.”
“According to South Carolina government officials, the Trump campaign has blocked off 3 a.m. to 10 p.m. at a variety of sites inside and outside the Statehouse building, planning for “500 attendees.”
“Reservation information shared with AP promotes the event “as an opportunity to exemplify the strong support from elected officials in the state as we approach the one-year mark to South Carolina’s Republican Presidential Primary.”
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