Donald Trump, who's spent the past week doubling down on his baffling criticism of the Khan family and refusing to endorse Speaker Paul Ryan's re-election bid, may have some serious innerparty friction ahead. The GOP nominee's recent behavior has reportedly inspired top Republicans worried about their party's future to begin planning an "intervention," according to NBC News.
Reince Priebus, head of the Republican National Committee, is reportedly joining former House Speaker (and brief Trump VP hopeful) Newt Gingrich and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani in a united effort to urge Trump to hit the reset button. To pull off their intervention, the three crucial Republican leaders and other "Trump endorsers" are reportedly looking to Trump's own family for assistance.
Though Trump's campaign has denied in interviews that any such meeting is necessary, NBC News' sources are adamant. "The intervention is real and overdue," one source said. This alleged intervention, however, is still in the "early stages" and is no guarantee given that such a meeting would would require a certain level of agreement from Trump.
Paul Manafort, Trump's current campaign chair, refuted any claims of turmoil in an interview with Fox News Wednesday. "The candidate is in control of his campaign," Manafort said. "That's number one. I'm in control of doing the things he wants me to do in the campaign."
Manafort's statements stand in direct contrast to not only speculation of an intervention, but to New York Times contributor John Harwood's assertion via a "longtime ally" of the campaign chair that Trump's staff was "suicidal."