Donald Trump Jr., his father Donald Trump and their campaign manager Paul Manafort have teamed up to air television spots promoting a pro-Trump Republican political group and its presidential candidate.
The Trump campaign said in a statement that the TV spots, “Trump for president,” are being run by the PAC American Bridge 21st Century and are “totally appropriate for the time and place” in which they are aired.
The ad campaign, slated to air over the next few days, will air on Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Fox Business Network and CNN.
The ads, which will air in Florida and Iowa, will focus on “issues important to the American people,” the Trump campaign added.
The “America First” ad, which is slated to begin airing in Florida on Wednesday, will highlight Trump’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.
The PAC’s president, Michael Cohen, said in the statement that he is “saddened” by the ad, calling it “an un-American attack on the Constitution and the American way of life.”
Trump Jr. has said that his father has “never” supported or condoned violence against journalists, but he said in an interview with Fox News that he thinks “it’s fair to ask” for an explanation from the Trump Campaign about the ad.
The statements come as the Trump team is also working on a TV spot for Sen. Marco Rubio, a fellow Republican who has been critical of Trump, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a longtime Trump critic.
The spots for Rubio and Paul will focus more on the economy and trade.
Paul said in March that he was “very concerned” by a tweet by Trump Jr.’s brother Jared, who criticized his father’s record on foreign policy, including his vote against the Iran deal.