Todd Ricketts to replace Steve Wynn as RNC finance chairman

Wynn did not endorse Trump during the election, but Trump described him in 2016 as a "great friend".

The urgent search for a new Republican National Committee finance chair has narrowed in on a few close Trump allies, multiple sources tell CNN, following the resignation last week of casino magnate Steve Wynn. In the wake of the allegations, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, GOP politicians rushed to return donations from Wynn, who has a history of donating to both parties but more recently has given heavily to Republicans.

The new chief fundraiser will be Todd Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs. "Serving as the Republican National Committee's Finance Chairman is the flawless opportunity".

RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel said the party would return Wynn's political contributions if he is eventually found guilty of sexual misconduct.

"Our strong fundraising numbers reflect voters' optimism and continued support as President Trump fulfills his promises to the American people", McDaniel said Wednesday in a statement. He was also a finalist past year to lead the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank. But Ricketts, a TD Ameritrade board member, pulled his name from consideration as he wrestled with the Office of Government Ethics.

The appointment of Ricketts is also proof that all remains well between Trump and the Ricketts family, despite a hot-and-cold relationship in the past. Ricketts, an owner of the Chicago Cubs, funded anti-Trump spending during the 2016 Republican primaries before becoming one of Trump's largest supporters.

Lawmakers were torn regarding how they felt about the speech, with most Republicans supporting the president's remarks; Democrats felt he was pushing too hard on his ideas for immigration - an issue some say has plagued Trump since the earliest days of his campaign.

  • Rogelio Becker