Former President Trump told Fox News on Sunday that GOP Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel should get the boot as the leader of the Republican National Committee, Axios reports.
Trump stated that he is not connected to the RNC, stating: “You have to understand, I have nothing to do with the RNC, I’m separate.”
Why it matters: The RNC reported this week that it had its worst fundraising year in almost a decade last year — entering 2024 with just $8 million in cash. Trump’s comments are a sign of him flexing muscle as the de facto head of the GOP, even though the soonest he could clinch the nomination is March.
The comments also reflect growing friction between Trump and the RNC, even as McDaniel has faced criticism for publicly trying to push Nikki Haley out of the race to consolidate around Trump.
A shakeup at the RNC would be extraordinary just five months before the Republican National Convention.
Trump did give her some credit in his message about a possible ouster, stating: “I think she did great when she ran Michigan for me, I think she did OK initially in the RNC. I would say right now there will probably be some changes made.”