During a meeting on Monday at his Florida Mar-a-Lago estate, she conveyed to Donald Trump her commitment to prioritizing the party’s interests, even if it entails resigning.
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However, CBS News, the BBC’s US partner, reports that no concrete plan for her departure was reached. This development follows Mr. Trump’s suggestion that Ms. McDaniel should step down. “I think she did great when she ran Michigan for me,” he remarked in a Fox News interview on Sunday.
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“I believe she did alright initially at the RNC. At the moment, there may be some adjustments ahead.”
In 2017, Mr. Trump appointed Ms. McDaniel to lead the party after her service as chair of the Michigan Republican Party.
Under pressure to resign due to the party’s recent electoral losses and lackluster fundraising, Ms. McDaniel’s future as RNC chair remains uncertain. When asked by conservative network Newsmax on Monday if she should step down, Mr. Trump responded, “Well, I think she knows that. I think she understands that.”
In 2023, the RNC had one of its worst fundraising years in a decade, raising $87.2 million compared to the Democratic National Committee’s $119 million, according to recent FEC filings. Campaign finance disclosures revealed that the RNC had only $8 million remaining in the bank and $1 million in debt.
Despite the party’s underwhelming performance in the 2022 midterm elections, Ms. McDaniel was overwhelmingly re-elected as RNC chair in 2023. However, her relationship with Mr. Trump reportedly soured after she refused to cancel TV debates featuring potential challengers within the party.
Mr. Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, referred to Ms. McDaniel as a “friend” on his social media platform Truth Social, announcing plans to make recommendations for the RNC after the South Carolina primary on February 24.
Both Mr. Trump and Ms. McDaniel intend to confer again following the South Carolina vote. Ms. McDaniel previously served as head of the Michigan RNC during Mr. Trump’s narrow victory in the Midwestern state in the 2016 election.
Notably, Ms. McDaniel is the niece of Republican Senator Mitt Romney, and her mother, Ronna Romney, unsuccessfully ran for Senate in 1996.