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Sheriff directs deputies to not enforce city’s new homeless encampment law

The King County, Washington sheriff has directed her deputies to not enforce a City of Burien order outlawing homeless encampments within 500 feet of locations like schools and parks until the constitutionality of the order was resolved, without telling city officials.

Now, Burien Mayor Kevin Schilling is examining the inter-local agreement between the city and county sheriff’s office. Schilling said if he determines the agreement was broken, he would consider establishing a city-run police department.

Burien’s city council adopted a new ordinance on March 4, which prohibits people from sleeping overnight on public property from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day, if a shelter, bed or treatment facility is available.

Camping on public property is also prohibited during daytime hours under the new law.

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When the new ordinance was passed, the city said on its website that it was collaborating closely with the Kings County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) and service partners to ensure outreach and services were offered before the code is enforced. The city also said the KCSO understands that the code cannot be enforced without first verifying that a shelter, bed or treatment facility is available.

King County Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall, on Friday, told her deputies to not enforce the ordinance, KTTH reported, citing concerns over the constitutionality of the new law.

“We have strong concerns on whether the terms of this ordinance are constitutional, based on the existing legal authority,” the station reported Cole-Tindall as saying.

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“I do not want any of you to find yourself in a situation where you are asked or expected to do something that could violate legally-established rights,” the sheriff wrote in an email obtained by the station. “I am directing you that we will not enforce this particular section of the Burien Municipal Code until the constitutionality of the public camping ordinance is resolved.”

Cole-Tindall did not make Burien city officials aware of the decision, including Schilling.

The county executive and sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to inquiries from Fox News Digital on the matter.

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The sheriff was appointed by King County Executive Dow Constantine, a move granted by voters in 2021.

“This is the undemocratic situation that occurs when a higher government official gets to dictate what occurs in local governments,” Schilling told Fox News Digital. “The City of Burien pays millions of dollars to the King County Sheriff’s Office with the expectation they will enforce our city codes and laws to keep the community safe and publicly accessible for all.”

The mayor said Constantine and Cole-Tindall are prioritizing politics over public safety.

The station reported that Constantine has not been supportive of Burien’s moves to address homelessness because she does not support sweeps.

The 30-year-old mayor said he was in high school when Constantine was elected in 2009, and for years, problems have not been solved.

“Instead, King County has the highest level of homelessness ever, the highest number of overdose deaths in the country, and continuously increasing taxes for programs that do not show results or solve problems,” Schilling said. “I believe in government accountability and individual responsibility. This isn’t a liberal or conservative problem. The issue of homelessness, drug addiction, mental health issues, and criminal activity cuts across traditional partisan divides.

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“We need to ensure that we are prioritizing treatment over tents, and public safety over politics so that we can get folks off the streets and into shelter and services,” he added.

KTTH reported that city council members passed the ordinance in a 5-2 vote, as members saw the legislation as an “emergency ordinance,” connected with health and public safety implications of a previous law that banned camping on public property.

Despite not enforcing the homeless encampment ordinance, Cole-Tindall told deputies to continue enforcing criminal code violations.

FDNY union head weighs in after staff cheered Trump, booed NY AG Letitia James

The union leader who represents employees of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) spoke with Fox News on Monday about a recent booing incident involving its firefighters.

Last Thursday, New York Attorney General Letitia James was heckled during an FDNY ceremony at the Christian Cultural Center’s Brooklyn location in East New York.

When James walked towards the podium, some audience members began shouting, “Trump! Trump! Trump!” 

The booing incident happened following the AG’s prosecution of the former president.

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Andrew Ansboro, who serves as President of the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, told Fox News that, to his knowledge, no FDNY members have turned themselves in.

The labor union head also disclosed that no one has been charged with a violation yet. It is unclear what exact violation the firefighters could be accused of, or how they could be reprimanded. The FDNY has a catch-all clause about “unbecoming conduct” that may be used in this situation.

“Before they find anyone liable, they are going to have to hold themselves accountable for failure to supervise,” Ansboro warned.

He also said that firefighter ceremonies have had a “carnival-like” atmosphere in the past.

“Maybe they shouldn’t host it at a church,” he added.

The FDNY has been investigating to determine who participated in the booing. 

“Oh, c’mon, we’re in a house of God. Simmer down,” James said at the podium after she was met with boos. “Thank you for getting it out of your system.” 

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Ansboro also noted that event organizers could have told firefighters to “lock it up,” – which is a term used to tell firefighters to stop.

“At any moment they could have shouted, ‘Lock it up,’ – before, during or after,” he continued. “It only seems like hours later they felt they needed to act.”

FDNY Spokesman Jim Long previously told Fox News Digital that his department isn’t “hunting anyone down” over the incident.

“We’re looking into those who clearly broke department regulations,” Long explained on Sunday. “It has nothing to do with politics. It’s about professionalism at an official event held in a house of worship.”

James filed a lawsuit against Trump last year, accusing him of inflating his real estate assets and thereby committing fraud. In February, the judge ruled in James’s favor and ordered Trump to pay a $350 million fine.

“The scale and the scope of Donald Trump’s fraud is staggering and so too is his ego,” James said last month. “And his belief that the rules do not apply to him. Today, we are holding Donald Trump accountable.”

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Fox News Digital reached out to the FDNY about Ansboro’s latest comments.

Fox News Digital’s Stephen Sorace and Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

Retired Boeing engineer found dead days after testifying against company

The whistleblower that publicly raised doubts about Boeing’s production standards was reportedly found dead, South Carolina officials said.

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office told the BBC that John Barnett, 62, died from a self-inflicted wound on Saturday. According to the BBC, Barnett was cross-examined by Boeing’s lawyers and his own attorney days before he died.

The court planned for Barnett to answer more questions on Saturday, but he did not appear as planned. 

The BBC reported that he was later found dead in his truck, which was parked in a hotel parking garage.

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Barnett was employed by Boeing for over three decades before retiring in 2017. He worked as a quality control engineer at the company. 

In 2019, Barnett told the BBC that Boeing would rush to get its 787 Dreamliner jets off the production line, compromising safety.  

He alleged the emergency oxygen systems that were made for 787 Dreamliners had a failure rate of 25%. This meant that a quarter of 787 Dreamliners had the potential to rapidly lose oxygen if the cabins were suddenly decompressed, suffocating passengers.

Barnett said that he had encountered these issues when he began working at Boeing’s North Charleston plant in 2010. He reportedly raised his concerns to his managers, but did not see them take any action.

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The Federal Aviation Administration reviewed Boeing in 2017 and ordered the company to take action, which corroborated some of Barnett’s allegations.

Boeing told FOX Business that the company was saddened by Barnett’s death.

“We are saddened by Mr. Barnett’s passing, and our thoughts are with his family and friends,” Boeing’s statement read. 

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FOX Business reached out to the Charleston County Coroner’s Office for more information.

New York City taking a slice out of iconic pizza shops with new green rule

More than 100 iconic New York City pizzerias could be forced out of business thanks to a quietly approved plan requiring wood- and coal-fired stoves to cut carbon emissions by 75%, a pie shop owner told Fox News.

“This regulation will go a long way to put an end to charming wood-fired pizza restaurants in New York City,” Brooklyn pizzeria owner Paul Giannone, known as Paulie Gee, told Fox News. “A sad day in my opinion.”

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) rule, which will take effect April 27, applies to restaurants with cook stoves installed before May 2016. The mandate, originally proposed in June, requires affected pizzeria owners to install a filter, then hire an engineer to regularly inspect the carbon emissions. 

Giannone, who opened Paulie Gee’s Pizzeria around 14 years ago in Brooklyn, told Fox News he spent $20,000 on emission-control air-filters for his wood-fired oven in anticipation of the DEP rule. He said he was glad to install the devices after receiving a neighbor’s complaint about excessive smoke, but added that many businesses can’t afford it.

“I think putting this regulation in place for everyone, regardless if it’s having an impact on neighbors or not, is overkill,” Giannone said.

The New York City Council directed DEP to develop the rule, according to a department spokesman. DEP also worked alongside environmental groups and restaurateurs.

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“All New Yorkers deserve to breathe healthy air, and wood- and coal-fired stoves are among the largest contributors of harmful pollutants in neighborhoods with poor air quality,” the DEP spokesperson told Fox News in an email. “This common-sense rule was developed with restaurant owners and environmental justice groups and is a product of years of review.”

“We are confident that these critical upgrades will allow us to cut harmful emissions and prioritize New Yorkers’ health, while preserving authentic New York City pizza,” the statement read.

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Giannone previously told Fox News businesses are struggling to stay afloat with increased regulations and costs. 

“Regulation after regulation puts more pressure on us and makes it difficult to do business, particularly now with the cost of labor has gone up, the cost of the goods we have to buy to produce our products — it’s just making it more difficult,” Giannone said in June. 

The rule led a Jewish bakery to spend over $600,000 on new air filtration systems ahead of its approval, the New York Post reported. Another iconic pizzeria, John’s of Bleecker Street, spent more than $100,000 on a smoke reduction system. 

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“We were told we had no choice. We have no business without our oven,” manager Joey Schirripa told the Post. “We understand the direction the city is going in. We want to be environmentally friendly.”

DEP received 155 comments on the rule last year after it was proposed, with some arguing it would create a financial burden on struggling businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic and would have a trivial impact on pollution, though others supported the move.

“This is an egregious overstep of the state and local government, and puts an unreasonable burden on small businesses that have already endured tremendous hardships over the last 3 years,” one commenter, Marc, wrote in June.

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Another critic, Mike, commented in July that the rule could kill a “cherished New York tradition.”

“You are going after pizza? Glorious New York pizza?” he wrote. “Can’t you go after Diesel Trucks instead of pizza ovens?”

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But Aaron disagreed. 

“We need to do everything we can to reduce harmful emissions and this is a minor first step,” he commented. 

The city said the rule would impact around 130 businesses, NYP reported. If an establishment can’t meet the emissions requirement, its owner must submit an assessment and identify how they can be cut by at least 25%. 

Stars reportedly move, didn’t want girls to ‘grow up around other celebrity kids’

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes have reportedly moved their two young daughters out of Los Angeles to avoid them growing up “around other celebrity kids.”

A source told People magazine that the “Barbie” actor and Mendes moved “a bit further north,” away from Hollywood. The celebrity couple share two daughters: Esmeralda, 9, and Amada, 7.

“For them, the most important job is their girls. Everything else comes second,” the source told the outlet. “And their girls are thriving. They left L.A. to live a bit further north, away from Hollywood. They didn’t want the girls to grow up around other celebrity kids.”

The source continued, “Eva and Ryan love their life. It’s admirable how they’ve been able to create balance and boundaries. They care so much about their marriage and just want their girls to live a happy life.”

It is unclear if the stars, who have been in a long-term relationship since 2011, are now married. Fox News Digital has reached out to reps for Mendes and Gosling for comment.

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Despite living pretty private lives, Mendes, 50, took to Instagram on Sunday night following the 96th Academy Awards to congratulate Gosling, 43, on his “I’m Just Ken” performance and urged him to get home to attend to parenting duties.

The “Ghost Rider” actress wore Gosling’s pink, bedazzled blazer he wore during the performance and a black cowboy hat.


 

 
 

 

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“You took Ken all the way to the Oscar’s, RG,” Eva wrote. “Now come home, we need to put the kids to bed.”

Mendes did not attend the Oscars at Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday night. Instead, Gosling attended the award show with his sister, Mandi Gosling.

When Gosling was nominated for the Oscar for best supporting actor, Mendes took to Instagram, sharing several previous reports that slammed Gosling for taking the “Barbie” role. Eva did nothing but support her husband.

“So proud of my man,” she captioned her post in January. “So much hate when he took on this role. So many people trying to shame him for doing it. Despite all the #Notmyken ridicule and articles written about him, he created this completely original, hilarious, heartbreaking, now iconic character and took it all the way to Oscars.” 

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She concluded with, “So beyond proud to be this Ken’s Barbie.”

At the “Barbie” premiere in July, Gosling appeared to make a subtle nod to Eva by wearing a pink “E” necklace around his neck. 

More recently, Ryan accepted the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January and reflected on how making films has positively impacted his life.

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“I got to meet the girl of my dreams, Eva Mendes,” Ryan told the crowd at the event in January, E! News reported. “I have two dream children. I dreamed of one day making movies and now movies have made my life a dream.”

He continued, “So the way I see it, there’s no way I’ve contributed half as much to cinema as cinema has contributed to me. But the idea that I might’ve given something back to the thing that has given so much to me is too great an honor for me to express.”

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On the festival’s red carpet, Gosling reminisced on the 2012 film he starred in with Mendes, “A Place Beyond the Pines.” He told E! News that it was the “greatest experience” he had making a movie and “hopes” to be able to make another with Eva. 

Deadspin, outlet that smeared 9-year-old Chiefs fan, lays off entire staff after being sold

The liberal sports blog that smeared a 9-year-old Kansas City Chiefs fan last year has cut its entire staff after being sold by its parent company, Fox News Digital has confirmed. 

Deadspin went viral in November for an article accusing a child who wore red and black facepaint with a Native American headdress of wearing “blackface” and finding a way to “hate Black people and the Native Americans at the same time.” The 9-year-old boy is of Native American heritage and his parents have filed a defamation lawsuit against Deadspin. 

Now, the entirety of Deadspin’s workforce, including the writer who smeared the young football fan, have been forced out, according to a memo sent by Deadspin’s former parent company G/O Media CEO Jim Spanfeller.

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“I have some news to share regarding one of our sites in the G/O Media portfolio. Recently we were approached by the European firm Lineup Publishing expressing interest in purchasing Deadspin to add to their growing media holdings,” Spanfeller told staff in the memo obtained by Fox News Digital. “After careful consideration, the G/O Media board of directors has decided to accept their offer. I do want to make it clear that we were not actively shopping Deadspin.”

The memo, which was first obtained by The Daily Beast, continued, “Deadspin’s new owners have made the decision to not carry over any of the site’s existing staff and instead build a new team more in line with their editorial vision for the brand. While the new owners plan to be reverential to Deadspin’s unique voice, they plan to take a different content approach regarding the site’s overall sports coverage. This unfortunately means that we will be parting ways with those impacted staff members, who were notified earlier today. I would like to thank them for their hard work and efforts that helped make Deadspin stand out in the crowded sports media space.”

Lineup Publishing did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. G/O Media declined to comment. 

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Deadspin’s mission, according to its X page, is purportedly to deliver sports news “without fear, favor or compromise,” but in recent years has drawn more attention for its liberal activism and identity politics. 

In 2021, Deadspin referred to former ESPN host Sage Steele as “the Black Candace Owens,” inferring that Owens, a Black conservative commentator, was a White person. In 2022, the site was forced to issue a correction for its hit piece targeting San Francisco 49ers coach Mike McDaniel, calling him “another young, white guy” to become the “next hot NFL coaching prospect” when McDaniel is in fact biracial. 

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However, Deadspin was the subject of a major controversy running the headline “The NFL needs to speak out against the Kansas City Chiefs fan in Black face, Native headdress.”

Deadspin reporter Carron J. Phillips initially put a spotlight on an image of young Holden Armenta’s profile, which only showed the half of his face with black face paint. 

“The image of a Chiefs fan in Black face wearing a Native headdress during a road game leads to so many unanswered questions,” Phillips wrote. “Why did the camera person give this fan the attention? Why did the producer allow that camera angle to be aired at all? Is that fan a kid/teenager or a young adult? Despite their age, who taught that person that what they were wearing was appropriate?”

After critics called out Deadspin’s erroneous article, Phillips doubled down, writing on X ,”For the idiots in my mentions who are treating this as some harmless act because the other side of his face was painted red, I could make the argument that it makes it even worse. Y’all are the ones who hate [M]exican but wear sombreros on cinco [de Mayo].”

Several days later, Deadspin issued a mea cula after Armenta’s family threatened to take legal action.

On Nov. 27, Deadspin published an opinion piece criticizing the NFL for allowing a young fan to attend the Kansas City Chiefs game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Nov. 26 wearing a traditional Native American headdress and, based upon the available photo, what appeared to be black face paint,” Deadspin wrote in an editor’s note in December. “Unfortunately the article drew attention to the fan, though our intended focus was on the NFL and its checkered history on race, an issue which our writer has covered extensively for Deadspin. Three years ago, the Chiefs banned fans from wearing headdresses in Arrowhead Stadium, as well as face painting that ‘appropriates American Indian cultures and traditions.’ The story’s intended focus was the NFL and its failure to extend those rules to the entire league.”

“We regret any suggestion that we were attacking the fan or his family. To that end, our story was updated on Dec. 7 to remove any photos, tweets, links, or otherwise identifying information about the fan. We have also revised the headline to better reflect the substance of the story,” Deadspin added.

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Armenta’s parents filed a lawsuit against Deadspin in February, claiming the website and Phillips selectively ran a photo that only showed one half of his face during the broadcast in question. The lawsuit accused Deadspin of maliciously attacking the 9-year-old. 

“By selectively capturing from the CBS broadcast an image of H.A. showing only the one side of his face with black paint on it — an effort that took laser-focused precision to accomplish given how quickly the boy appeared on the screen: Phillips and Deadspin deliberately omitted the half of H.A.’s face with red paint on it,” the complaint reads, via OutKick.

“H.A. did not wear a costume headdress because he was ‘taught hate at home’ — he wore it because he loves the Kansas City Chiefs football team and because he loves his Native American heritage.”

OutKick and Fox News share common ownership. 

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos and Brandon Gillespie contributed to this report.

Dem senator offers rare praise for former president on major national security issue

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., revealed on Monday that he believes former President Donald Trump was right when he sounded the alarm on TikTok and its national security implications. 

“It was rare for me to say that Donald Trump was right,” Warner said during a committee hearing on worldwide threats. “But Donald Trump was right years ago when he pointed out the enormous national security concerns around TikTok, both in terms of obtaining data, but also think about the percentage – I think there are about 170 million Americans who use TikTok.”

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Warner further noted many young Americans even use the social media video app to receive news about current events. According to the senator, China’s potential to funnel propaganda through the app, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, “is a huge national security issue.”

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During his presidency in 2020, Trump signed an executive order to effectively ban the app in the U.S. But the action was blocked by the courts. 

However, the current presidential candidate has appeared to change his tune in 2024. “Frankly, there are a lot of people on TikTok that love it,” Trump said in a Monday interview. “There are a lot of young kids on TikTok who will go crazy without it.”

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The former president’s reversal comes as the House of Representatives prepares to bring a bill to the floor for a vote that would force TikTok’s owner to either sell the company or see the app banned in the U.S.

Warner expressed optimism about the bill’s fate in the Senate, if it passes the House. “It feels like this House bill has momentum,” he said.

Young Missouri boy killed in head-on crash allegedly caused by illegal immigrant

A woman in the U.S. illegally is accused of causing a head-on, wrong way, crash that left a 12-year-old Missouri boy dead.

Travis Wolfe was just one day away from celebrating his 12th birthday when authorities say Endrina Bracho slammed into his family’s car head-on.

Authorities tell Fox News Digital Bracho, 33, was barreling down the highway the wrong way, going 70 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone.

Wolfe was severely injured but initially survived the December 2023 crash that happened in Hazlewood.

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Wolfe was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. His parents were also taken to a local hospital with broken wrists, broken ribs, a broken sternum and more. 

Wolfe later died at the hospital on March 6.

“Yesterday (March 6), Travis was taken off life support. He will be forever remembered as a funny kid with a huge heart and a love for Blues Hockey. Please continue to support the family as the bills continue to grow,” Andrea DeWeese wrote on a GoFundMe page set up for the Wolfe family. 

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Bracho is currently in the St. Louis County jail on a $500,000 bond. She is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree, two counts of assault in the second degree, two counts of endangering a child in the first degree, and one count of operating a vehicle without a valid license. 

The Hazelwood Police Department confirmed to Fox News Digital that Bracho is in the U.S. illegally from Venezuela. 

“Travis Wolfe, a 12-year-old Missouri boy killed by an illegal migrant. This is what an open border does. Say his name,” Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo, wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

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Hazelwood Police hope Bracho’s arrest will bring some closure to the Wolfe family. 

“1,700 feet is quite a big distance to travel at over 70 miles an hour on a 40-mile posted road. That’s a long way to travel in the wrong direction and not realize it,” Sgt. Scott Schnurbusch from the Hazelwood Police Department told Fox 2. 

Dozens of staffers slashed as new Trump leadership takes over

Former President Donald Trump’s newly installed leadership team at the Republican National Committee on Monday began the process of pushing out dozens of officials, a senior RNC source confirmed to Fox News.

Roughly 60 RNC staffers who work in the national party committee’s communications, data, and political departments are being asked to resign, including a handful of senior staff, sources say.

The move came hours after the Trump campaign on Monday took operational control over the RNC.

It comes as the new leadership aims to merge parts of the RNC with the Trump 2024 presidential campaign.

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The former president’s picks to serve as RNC chair and co-chair – Trump ally and North Carolina GOP chair Michael Whatley and daughter-in-law Lara Trump – were unanimously confirmed on Friday by voice votes as the RNC met in general session in Houston, Texas.

Whatley, who was the RNC’s general counsel, succeeded longtime chair Ronna McDaniel, whom Trump picked to steer the national party committee after he won the White House in 2016. Her departure on Friday came after Trump earlier this year repeatedly urged changes at the committee – after lackluster fundraising last year and his opposition to the RNC’s presidential primary debates – which essentially pushed McDaniel out the door.

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Trump also installed campaign adviser Chris LaCivita as RNC chief of staff. LaCivita, a longtime Republican strategist and RNC veteran, will continue to keep his role as one of the two top advisers steering Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign.

“The RNC today. It’s not going to look the same next week. There’s obviously going to be changes,” LaCivita told reporters on Friday. But he declined to get into details.

Friday’s RNC meeting came in the same week Trump swept 14 of the 15 GOP primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday – which moved him much closer to officially locking up the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. 

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It also comes just two days after Trump’s last rival for the nomination – former U.N. ambassador and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley – dropped out of the race.

Trump is expected to formally clinch the nomination on Tuesday, as four more states hold primaries and caucuses.

Fox News’ Rich Edson contributed to this story.

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