US President Donald Trump speaks on the first day of the Republican National Convention after his delegates confirmed him as the 2020 Republican presidential candidate for re-election on August 24, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
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Former President Donald Trump’s attorneys on Friday sent cease and desist letters to three of the largest GOP fundraising groups, a Trump adviser told NBC News.
Trump’s lawyers urged the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congress Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee to stop using the ex-president’s name and likeness in appeals for donations and merchandise.
Since Trump stepped down in January, the three donation groups have repeatedly emailed him referring to donations. However, Trump was reportedly upset that his name was being used without his consent by groups that had helped Republicans who had accused him.
The cease and desist statements come just days after Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference. In his speech, he called for unity while attacking a number of top Republicans including Rep. Liz Cheney from Wyoming and Senator Mitt Romney from Utah, as well as other lawmakers who voted for and condemned him.
“Get rid of them all,” Trump said during his speech. “The RINOs we are surrounded with are going to destroy the Republican Party and the American worker,” Trump said at the time, using an acronym for “Republicans in their name only”.
Politico reported the news first.