Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law who is aiming for a Senate run in her home state of North Carolina in 2022, is already freezing the field for another Trump loyalist looking for a political future of his own.
On Friday, White House chief of staff and former member of the House of Representatives, Mark Meadows, who represented North Carolina, said he was not going to be part of what is likely to be a competitive and crowded field for the first vacancy in swing state in a generation.
It was widely expected that Mr. Meadows would move home and run for the seat, but political strategists and Trump allies said there would be no trace of him in the race if Ms. Trump gets through and starts her own political campaign.
Mr Meadows announced that he would not be running a day after the New York Times reported that Ms. Trump was considering running for a vacancy in 2022.
“I love the people of North Carolina. But not only do I have no plans, I also have no plans to run for the Senate in 2022, ”Meadows said in one Interview with the News & Observer. Mr Meadows said he spoke to many people about the seat, including Ms. Trump.
“To the best of my knowledge, no one has made a final decision as to whether or not to throw their hat in the ring,” he said. “But for my hat, it won’t be in the ring.”
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, did not respond to a request for comment.
Ms. Trump, 38, a former personal trainer and television producer for Inside Edition, married Eric Trump in 2014 on the family’s estate in Mar-a-Lago and served as a senior advisor for the Trump 2020 campaign.
She campaigned as a defender of President Trump’s lowest political instincts and was ready to carry out the kind of ad hominem attacks on Joseph R. Biden Jr., the now-elected president, of which Ivanka Trump, the elder daughter of the President, withdrew. She currently lives in Westchester, NY.
Much of the speculation about who might inherit the Trump cloak has centered on their older children. Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, has the deepest connection to the online disinformation system that fueled support for his father. Ivanka Trump, who worked as a White House civil servant with a focus on manpower development, was used on the campaign to make the president more palatable to the suburban women who were put off by his tone and tweets.
But they also have no immediate political plans of their own. Ms. Trump, meanwhile, cultivated her own political brand through a YouTube channel and a strong presence on the campaign trail, possibly being the first Trump to test the persistence of the family name in a post-Donald Trump political world.