GOP Leaders Planning 'Intervention' With Trump


It's been a chaotic, brutal few days, even by the standards of the Donald Trump campaign.

The Republican presidential candidate continued his back-and-forth with the Gold Star parents of a slain Army captain, refused to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan in his re-election campaign, and criticized war hero Sen. John McCain by saying he has "not done a good job for the vets." Trump has also lashed out at other Republicans who haven't supported his campaign, and raised new questions about his own attention span after interrupting a one-on-one interview with the Washington Post five times to watch TV coverage of his campaign.

Combined with reports that Republican National Committee members are losing their patience, and claims that campaign manager Paul Manafort is "mailing it in," unnamed sources claim GOP officials and Trump's closest advisers are banding together to stage an "intervention" for the candidate.

Among those looking to reel Trump in are RNC chairman Reince Priebus, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, according to The Hill. Trump's political allies also hope to enlist the help of Trump's children -- who have the most sway over the mercurial candidate, reports say -- in a last-ditch attempt to get the Republican nominee back on track and keep his campaign from collapsing.

If it all sounds a bit dramatic, Manafort says that's because it's blown out of proportion. In an August 3 appearance on Fox News, Manafort disputed reports of an intervention.

“This is the first I’m hearing of that,” Manafort said, USA Today reports. “The campaign is focused and the campaign is moving forward in a positive way. The only need we have for an intervention is maybe with some media types who keep saying things that aren’t true.”

Trump himself has said little about the reports.

"There is great unity in my campaign, perhaps greater than ever before," the real estate mogul tweeted on August 3.

Trump had two rallies -- both in Colorado -- planned for the afternoon and early evening of August 3. His other tweets didn't address any of the gaffes or reports of low morale among his campaign staff. Instead, the candidate tweeted about a Wall Street Journal story that revealed his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, signed off on the transfer of $400 million in cash to Iran after the country released four American prisoners in January.

His other tweets were similar in tone, referring to "Crooked Hillary" and promoting his daughter Ivanka's interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren.

While Manafort denied reports of an intervention, Gingrich publicly criticized Trump's recent behavior. The former Speaker of the House, who has been one of Trump's strongest allies in the 2016 race, called Trump's behavior "self destructive" during an appearance on Fox Business.

"Trump is still behaving like as though it was the primaries and there were 17 candidates," Gingrich said, Politico reports. "He has not made the transition to being the potential president of the United States, which is a much tougher league. People are going to watch you every single day. They’re going to take everything they can out of context, and he is not yet performing at the level that you need to."

Sources: NBC News, Politico (2), The Hill, USA Today, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons

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