RNC Leader Ronna McDaniel Told Trump She'd Resign

 February 8, 2024

Ronna McDaniel, Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), reportedly informed former President Donald Trump of her intention to resign from her position during a meeting at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, as disclosed by a GOP source to CBS News.

McDaniel conveyed to Trump her commitment as a "team player" and emphasized her willingness to act in the best interests of the party.

Change coming

Plans were made to further discuss her future following the South Carolina primary scheduled for February 24.

In response to the meeting, Trump announced on his social media platform, Truth Social, that he would decide on his recommendations for RNC Growth the day after the South Carolina primary.

Keith Schipper, an RNC spokesperson, reaffirmed that no decision regarding McDaniel's tenure would be made until after the primary, as reiterated in a statement provided to CBS News on Tuesday night.

"Nothing has changed. This will be decided after South Carolina," RNC spokesperson Keith Schipper told CBS News in a statement Tuesday night.

Further details

The news of McDaniel's potential resignation surfaces amid mounting pressure within the Republican party for her to step down. McDaniel has served as the RNC Chairwoman since 2017 and secured a fourth term in January.

Concerns have been raised over the party's fundraising performance, with 2023 marking its worst fundraising year in a decade, according to FEC reports. Additionally, the RNC entered 2024 with its lowest cash reserves since 2014, with just $8 million on hand.

Speculation regarding McDaniel's future intensified further with the circulation of a resolution within the RNC in January proposing Trump as the "presumptive nominee," despite the presence of other contenders such as former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Trump's response

Although the petition was withdrawn, the prospect of Trump's potential nomination raises implications for the RNC's resources, including access to data, ground operations, and fundraising mechanisms.

Trump's allies, including Vivek Ramaswamy, have publicly called for McDaniel's resignation, citing dissatisfaction with her leadership.

Trump himself has expressed uncertainty about McDaniel's continued tenure, suggesting the possibility of leadership changes.

In recent interviews with Fox News and Newsmax, Trump hinted at the need for McDaniel to step aside, indicating that she may be aware of the situation as the election year continues.

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