By ZEKE MILLER and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has named former digital adviser Brad Parscale as campaign manager of his 2020 re-election campaign.
In a statement, the Trump campaign said Parscale will lead "advanced planning" for the 2020 effort, and that the campaign will also be engaged in the 2018 midterm elections — which are shaping up to be a challenging environment for Republicans.
Trump has left little doubt about his intentions to seek re-election. He filed the paperwork to organize his re-election committee on the same day as his inauguration, held his first campaign rally on Feb. 18, 2017, in Florida, and has mused publicly about would-be Democratic challengers.
Parscale, an Austin-based digital consultant and ally of Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, ran the Trump campaign's digital operations in 2016, which included sophisticated social media targeting. He previously worked for the Trump Organization.
The Trump campaign has paid Brad Parscale’s firms more than $93 million since 2015 for digital consulting + advertising, FEC records show.— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) February 27, 2018
In an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" last year, Parscale described how a team that grew to 100 people created 50,000 to 60,000 ads on Facebook daily to reach different swaths of Trump supporters to maximize support and online donations.
In a statement, Eric Trump, the president's middle son who has taken on a large role in the campaign, said, Parscale "has our family's complete trust and is the perfect person to be at the helm of the campaign."
During the 2016 race, Trump's new campaign manager Brad Parscale ghost-wrote hundreds of Trump's tweets housed on a laptop he called the "Command Center" -- here's the scene backstage during the 2nd debate (with @JulianAssange watching over): pic.twitter.com/cSIm4saalO— Joshua Green (@JoshuaGreen) February 27, 2018
Kushner also praised Parscale in a statement. "Brad was essential in bringing a disciplined technology and data-driven approach to how the 2016 campaign was run," he said. "His leadership and expertise will be help build a best-in-class campaign."
AP writer Jonathan Lemire in New York contributed to this report.