Report: Trump to name political strategist Brad Parscale to manage 2020 re-election campaign

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday named political strategist Brad Parscale as manager of his 2020 presidential re-election campaign, rewarding a digital expert who was critical to Trump's 2016 victory and who is trusted by the Trump family.

In a statement, the Trump campaign said it planned to use Parscale's talent to help Republicans in the 2018 congressional elections in November as they try to hold on to control of the U.S. Congress.

Trump, 71, had already signaled plans to run for re-election, filing a letter of intent with the Federal Election Commission on Jan. 20, 2017, the day he took office. He frequently relives his improbable 2016 victory in speeches and interviews.

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(FILE) - Brad Parscale, Digital Director, Donald J. Trump Presidential Campaign, speaks on the third day of the 7th Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, 08 November 2017. Media reports on 27 February 2018 state that US President Donald J. Trump has chosen Brad Parscale to run his campaign to win the 2020 re-election bid. ( Photo by Pedro Fi�za/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
(FILE) - Brad Parscale, Digital Director, Donald J. Trump Presidential Campaign, speaks on the third day of the 7th Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, 08 November 2017. Media reports on 27 February 2018 state that US President Donald J. Trump has chosen Brad Parscale to run his campaign to win the 2020 re-election bid. ( Photo by Pedro Fi�za/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
(FILE) - Brad Parscale, Digital Director, Donald J. Trump Presidential Campaign, speaks on the third day of the 7th Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, 08 November 2017. Media reports on 27 February 2018 state that US President Donald J. Trump has chosen Brad Parscale to run his campaign to win the 2020 re-election bid. ( Photo by Pedro Fi�za/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Lara Trump (R) and Brad Parscale exit the elevators at Trump Tower on January 3, 2017 in New York. / AFP / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 6: Brad Parscale, President-elect Donald Trump's campaign digital director, arrives at Trump Tower, December 6, 2016 in New York City. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Brad Parscale arrives at Trump Tower on January 3, 2017 in New York. / AFP / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Brad Parscale, digital director for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, speaks at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Trump's incoming administration is poised to reshape the federal workforce, and the effects could last until long after a first or even a second term, according to a former Department of Homeland Security personnel chief. Photographer: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pool via Bloomberg
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 6: Brad Parscale, President-elect Donald Trump's campaign digital director, arrives at Trump Tower, December 6, 2016 in New York City. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
US President-elect Donald Trump's Digital Director Brad Parscale, arrives at the Trump Tower for meetings with US President-elect Donald Trump, in New York on November 17, 2016. / AFP / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: (L to R) Brad Parscale, digital director for the Trump campaign, and Eli Miller, chief operating officer for the Trump campaign, exit Trump Tower, November 16, 2016 in New York City. Trump is in the process of choosing his presidential cabinet as he transitions from a candidate to the president-elect. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Brad Parscale, who was the Trump campaign's digital director, makes his way out of the elevator at Trump Tower in New York, NY on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Brad Parscale, digital director for the Trump campaign, arrives at Trump Tower, November 15, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Trump is in the process of choosing his presidential cabinet as he transitions from a candidate to the president-elect. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Brad Parscale, digital director for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, speaks at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Trump's incoming administration is poised to reshape the federal workforce, and the effects could last until long after a first or even a second term, according to a former Department of Homeland Security personnel chief. Photographer: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pool via Bloomberg
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Brad Parscale, who was the Trump campaign's digital director, makes his way to the elevator at Trump Tower in New York, NY on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: (L to R) Brad Parscale, digital director for the Trump campaign, and Eli Miller, chief operating officer for the Trump campaign, exit Trump Tower, November 16, 2016 in New York City. Trump is in the process of choosing his presidential cabinet as he transitions from a candidate to the president-elect. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Parscale, 42, based in San Antonio, Texas, was the Trump campaign's digital director in 2016 and had performed digital duties for Trump's businesses, the Trump Organization, before the campaign.

The campaign statement included supportive statements from Trump's son, Eric Trump, and son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

"Brad is an amazing talent and was pivotal to our success in 2016. He has our family's complete trust and is the perfect person to be at the helm of the campaign," said Eric Trump.

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Republicans face challenges in trying to retain control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. Typically, the party in control of the White House loses seats in the first election after a new president takes over.

In a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference last Friday, Trump urged conservative activists not to be complacent in 2018.

"We have to get out there and we have to fight in '18 like never before," he said.

(Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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White House Communications Director Hope Hicks - Perplexing Power

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence - Ascendant Power

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller - Enduring Power

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer - Enduring Power

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt - Surreptitious Power

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REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - Enduring Power

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Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron - Ascendant Power

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly - Precarious Power

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Corry Bliss, Head of the Congressional Leadership Fund - Ascendant Power

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the Freedom Caucus - Enduring Power

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White House Senior Advisor for Policy Stephen Miller - Perplexing Power

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US Defence Minister James Mattis - Enduring Power

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Fox & Friends - Perplexing Power

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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer - Surreptitious Power

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Journalist Maggie Haberman, White House correspondent for the New York Times - Ascendant Power

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U.S. Justice Anthony Kennedy - Enduring Power

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Billionaire Rebekah Mercer - Ascendant Power

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Tom Steyer, a hedge fund manager and a prominent Democratic fundraiser - Ascendant Power

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Rachel Maddow - Enduring Power

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Google Vice President of Public Policy Susan Molinari - Enduring Power

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) - Enduring Power

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Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) - Ascendant Power

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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos - Ascendant Power

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Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission - Ascendant Power

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Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon - Precarious Power

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White House personnel director Johnny DeStefano - Ascendant Power

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(Not pictured) Chris Ruddy, C.E.O. of Newsmax - Perplexing Power

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CNN's Jake Tapper - Ascendant Power

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Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. - Enduring Power

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama - Enduring Power

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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo - Precious Power

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Indivisible Founders Leah Greenberg & Ezra Levin - Ascendant Power

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GOP lobbyist Juleanna Glover - Enduring Power

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Federalist Society President Leonard A. Leo (right) - Surreptitious Power

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(Not pictured) Wayne Berman, Businessman - Enduring Power

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Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico - Ascendant Power

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump - Enduring Power

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Russian President Vladimir Putin - Enduring Power

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President of EMILY's List Stephanie Schriock - Ascendant Power

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White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino - Perplexing Power

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Pod Save America - Ascendant Power

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U.S. Senator Susan Collins - Enduring Power

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Jesse Watters host of 'The Five' - Ascendant Power

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Alexander Ovechkin - Surreptitious Power

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. - Enduring Power

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Emerson Collective Founder and President Laurene Powell Jobs - Ascendant Power 

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Managing Director Mickael Damelincourt - Surreptitious Power

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José Andrés, Restaurateur - Enduring Power

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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen - Precarious Power

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"The myriad ghosts of Trump's political past" - Perplexing Power

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