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Trump camp scrambles to shape up before GOP convention

Published:Monday | June 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM
US presidential candidate Donald Trump points as he chats with the media after he arrived at the Trump International Golf Links at Balmedie, near Aberdeen, Scotland on Saturday.



Republicans are sprinting to shape up Donald Trump's presidential campaign before the party's national convention in three weeks, even as leading members of the party carry a deep antipathy or outright opposition to his claim on the Grand Old Party (the Republican Party) nomination.

His campaign chairman said Sunday that there's a hiring spree in 16 states and the campaign is working with the Republican National Com-mittee to solidify other matters. Paul Manafort said Trump is not all that involved in the race to organise an offensive against Democrat Hillary Clinton and catch up to her massive fundraising advantage.




"The good thing is we have a candidate who doesn't need to figure out what's going on (inside the campaign ) in order to say what he wants to do," Manafort said on NBC's Meet the Press. ''We have our campaign plans in place. We have our budgets in place."

What Manafort described as a "new phase" for the campaign a shift from the primaries to the general election was a forced reshuffling of an effort hobbled for weeks by infighting, Trump's statements about a judge's ethnicity and a massive fundraising deficit to Clinton's cash-raising Goliath. Trump began in June with $1.3 million in the bank, less campaign cash than many congressional candidates. The $3 million he collected in May donations is about one-tenth what Clinton raised.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that Trump can't win the presidency unless he can compete with Clinton on the financial front.