New details emerged Friday on a planned Republican presidential campaign tour in the 2020 cycle, with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus saying the GOP is working to find the right people to host the tour.
The Trump campaign has been slow to announce a slate of presidential candidates, and Priebus said he is working on that issue with the Trump campaign.
Priebus also suggested that some candidates have been reluctant to take on Trump because of his attacks on the media.
“You’re going to hear that some of the candidates have said, ‘No, I’m not going to take it on, I just don’t feel like it’s appropriate to take that on,'” Priebus told reporters on Friday.
“The fact of the matter is that if you want to do a presidential campaign, it’s going to be a very, very tough and intense task.”
Priebus added that the RNC is “not trying to create some sort of distraction from what the candidates need to do to win.”
“There is a real focus on getting the right candidates on the stage in 2020, and they’re going through the process of selecting the right team of people,” he said.
“We’re not trying to do that in a way where it’s a distraction from the candidates and what they’re trying to accomplish.”
The RNC is expected to announce an expansion of its 2016 presidential slate of candidates in coming weeks, and that includes some Republicans who could potentially challenge Trump.
Some of those candidates have already announced they are running for president, but others have yet to announce their candidacies.
Priebus did not provide details on any of the potential candidates, but he said the committee is looking for people who have “a track record of being effective in dealing with this crisis of the Trump presidency and the systemic issues that have been exposed throughout our country.”
“So if we’re going after a candidate who has a track record and a vision, we’re looking for somebody who’s been in the trenches with us for a long time, somebody who understands what the challenges are in the Trump administration,” he added.
“And I think the reason that a lot of them have not come forward and said, I’ve got to run, I want to run for president is because they’re afraid to do it.”
Trump has been at the center of multiple investigations over his use of private email servers while in office, and has repeatedly lashed out at the media, with some Republicans even suggesting he should be prosecuted for obstruction of justice.
Priebus said in an interview with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on Friday that the Trump team is working “very, very hard” to find a presidential candidate.
“There are a lot more candidates out there than just Trump,” he told ABC News.
“I think the candidates that have announced they’re running, they’ve got a track track record.
We’re going back and forth.
We have people that are coming forward and saying they’re looking, we have people who are coming out and saying that they’re not.
But we’re really working very, much harder to find some of those people and put together the right kind of team to take this on.”
The announcement comes on the heels of Trump’s tweet on Friday about how many Americans should be allowed to vote in 2020.
“What about ALL of our voters.
Why should they be treated any differently than any other American?
We have to start treating our fellow citizens with respect, with dignity, and with respect for the laws that we’re under,” he tweeted.