Trump parts ways with key Florida adviser: report

The Trump campaign reportedly has parted ways with Florida adviser Susie Wiles after a behind-the-scenes power struggle that involved Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGOP tentatively decides on Jacksonville for site of convention DeSantis pushing to host Republican National Convention in Florida Florida bars and theaters to reopen starting Friday, DeSantis says MORE (R).

DeSantis encouraged the Trump campaign to remove Wiles as the top adviser in Florida to place his own allies in higher state GOP positions, Politico reported.  


Two senior Republicans told Politico that the governor of the traditional battleground state made it evident that he wanted Wiles dismissed. 

Wiles, who assisted Trump’s 2016 campaign in Florida, has sparred with allies of DeSantis, including his chief of staff Shane Strum and his wife Casey DeSantis, Politico reported.

The two allegedly asked Trump campaign manager Brad ParscaleBradley (Brad) James ParscaleMORE to replace Wiles in April following a meeting with Wiles.

Wiles told Florida Politics she was leaving her lobbying firm Ballard Partners due to health reasons.

“Due to a nagging health issue, it’s time for me to focus on taking care of myself, so out of fairness to the firm and its clients, I have decided to separate from Ballard Partners,” Wiles said in a statement. “Though I strongly support the president’s re-election, I will also not be active with the Trump campaign in an official position.”

Asked for further comment, Wiles pointed to her Florida Politics statement.

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—Updated at 1:52 p.m.