Donald Trump had a meeting with Ronna McDaniel, the Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, on Monday. This meeting took place just a day after the former president expressed his anticipation for “changes” within the RNC.
According to two sources familiar with the discussion, the meeting occurred at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
In a post on Truth Social, Trump expressed his friendship with McDaniel but also mentioned his plans to make changes to the committee after the South Carolina GOP primary on Feb. 24.
In a recent announcement, former President Donald Trump revealed that Ronna McDaniel is now the Head of the Republican National Committee (RNC). He mentioned that he will be making a decision on his recommendations for RNC growth the day after the South Carolina Primary.
Trump personally selected McDaniel to lead the RNC soon after his victory in the 2016 election, highlighting their strong bond. However, in the past few months, he has openly criticized the committee for organizing primary debates that included his Republican competitors, even though he chose not to participate. Trump believes that the RNC should prioritize matters concerning voter integrity, despite the committee’s significant financial investment in other areas.
Top Republicans have expressed concerns about the financial situation of the party as they approach the general election. By the end of 2023, the Republican National Committee (RNC) had a cash on hand amounting to only $8 million, which is less than half of what the Democratic National Committee has.
In a recent interview on Fox News, Trump, the current frontrunner in the race for the GOP nomination, expressed his intention to advocate for various changes.
According to the President, he commended her performance during her tenure as the head of Michigan. He also acknowledged her initial performance at the RNC, but hinted at the possibility of changes being made in the near future.
The Trump administration and the Republican National Committee (RNC) have chosen not to provide any comments on the matter.
Ronna McDaniel has held the position of RNC chair since 2017, making her the longest-serving chair in modern history. However, she has faced criticism from conservative activists, particularly those affiliated with the pro-Trump group Turning Point USA, who believe she is too closely aligned with the party establishment. In her bid for reelection last year, McDaniel faced opposition from Harmeet Dhillon, a California RNC committee member who received support from Turning Point USA. Despite this, McDaniel ultimately won the election with the support of the majority of RNC members.
A potential shakeup within the RNC could unfold in various ways. If McDaniel decides to leave her position, which she has not confirmed yet, there will be an election to choose her replacement. It is possible that Trump may choose to endorse a candidate in this upcoming race.
One potential scenario is the placement of a Trump campaign loyalist within the committee, granting them significant operational authority, despite McDaniel’s continued presence.
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