Ramasamy’s top aide is leaving to join the Trump campaign

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Vivek Ramasamy speaks to reporters outside a polling station on November 7, 2023 in Columbus, Ohio.


A key aide to the Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramasamy joins the former President Donald Trump‘s campaign, three sources familiar with the move tell CNN.

Brian Swenson formally resigned over the weekend as national political director for the Ramaswamy campaign and has joined the Trump campaign, a source familiar with his departure told CNN. Swenson is expected to work on the campaign’s political operations in early voting states, particularly Nevada, two Trump campaign sources told CNN.

Swenson’s departure is the latest indicator of Ramasamy’s stagnant campaign, which has struggled to gain momentum even as the candidate has aligned himself closely with Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 GOP nomination. Earlier this month, Brandon Goodyear, a videographer for Ramasamy’s team, left the campaign, a source familiar with the departure told CNN.

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Tricia McLaughlin, spokeswoman for the Ramaswamy campaign, thanked Swenson’s campaign and wished her well in the future.

“We absolutely love Brian and wish him the best of luck,” McLaughlin told CNN. “I think it’s great for both campaigns.”

McLaughlin said Swenson’s responsibilities, handling Ramasamy’s political activities in New Hampshire, will be overseen by senior adviser Mike Piundo.

Swenson’s move to the Trump campaign First reported By The Messenger.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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