Key Republican leaders close to the Donald Trump campaign are reportedly planning an intervention with the presidential nominee.
According to NBC News, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are among those hoping to talk Trump into a dramatic reset of his campaign.
The reports follow a bad few weeks for the candidate following his official nomination at the Republican National Convention last month. In addition to a highly public feud with the parents of an Muslim U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, Trump has also recently clashed with Paul Ryan and John McCain, refusing to endorse them both in their re-election efforts.
Even the customary news cycle fuel of nude photos of Trump’s wife Melania, leaked over the weekend, failed to shift attention from the nominee’s recent missteps.
GOP leaders have also reportedly been exploring their options in the event Trump were to withdraw himself from the race ahead of the election in November.
Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort denied talk of an intervention during an interview with Fox News. “The only need we have for an intervention is with some media types who keep saying things that aren’t true,” he said. “The candidate’s in control of his own campaign.