LITTLE ROCK — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Thursday he has hired Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, as senior adviser to his campaign.

LITTLE ROCK — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Thursday he has hired Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, as senior adviser to his campaign.


Also Thursday, Marco Rubio’s campaign scheduled a rally with Rubio and Gov. Asa Hutchinson in Conway for Monday, the day before Arkansas’ primary.


In a statement announcing Sanders’ hiring, Trump said, "I have great respect for Gov.r Mike Huckabee, and we have a mutual admiration for our wonderful families. It is great to have his daughter, Sarah, join the campaign."


Sanders said, "I volunteered to join Mr. Trump’s campaign because he is a champion of working families; not Washington-Wall Street elites. Like the other Republican candidates, Mr. Trump is pro-life, pro-marriage and will appoint conservatives to the courts. What makes Mr. Trump my choice for president is he will break the grip of the donor class on our government and make it accountable to working families again. I’m honored to help Mr. Trump make America great again."


Sanders, of Little Rock, has advised presidential campaigns and Fortune 500 companies and has been named one of Time magazine’s 40 under 40. She and her husband, Bryan, have three children.


Huckabee dropped out of the GOP primary race Feb. 1. By Thursday, he had not endorsed any of his former opponents.


Trump is scheduled to hold a rally at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport at noon Saturday.


Rubio’s campaign will hold a rally at 3 p.m. Monday at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, according to the website Eventbrite. Hutchinson, who has endorsed the Republican Florida senator, will be a special guest. Tickets are free, but registration in advance is required through Eventbrite.


Rubio also is scheduled to hold a rally at Immanuel Baptist Church Global Outreach Center in Rogers at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.


Trump’s hiring of Sanders follows Republican candidate Ted Cruz’s promotion this week of Alice Stewart, Huckabee’s former campaign spokeswoman, to the position of communications director for his campaign. Stewart left Huckabee’s campaign in December and later joined the Cruz campaign.


Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, is expected to make appearances in Little Rock and northwest Arkansas this weekend. State Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville, Arkansas co-chairman for the Cruz campaign, said Thursday evening he did not yet have details.


Democrat Hillary Clinton also is scheduled to return to Arkansas in advance of Tuesday’s primary. The former Arkansas and U.S. first lady and former secretary of state will visit Pine Bluff on Sunday, according to her campaign. Details were not available by Thursday.