Former President Donald Trump has been informed by Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel that she will resign from her position later this month, shortly after the South Carolina primary.
Following the Palmetto State’s Feb. 24 primary, Trump, 77, is anticipated to support Michael Whatley, the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, to succeed McDaniel, sources told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
After the RNC released fundraising figures for the presidential race that are ten times lower than expected, the former president and front-runner in the GOP primary suggested on Monday that McDaniel, 50, ought to resign from her post.
In an interview with Newsmax, Trump responded, “I think she knows that, I think she understands that,” when asked if McDaniel should step down following three election cycles in a row in which the Republicans performed poorly.
Amidst his triumph over Hillary Clinton in 2016, Trump also hinted on Truth Social that he would be “making a decision the day after the South Carolina Primary as to my recommendations for RNC Growth.” He referred to McDaniel as a “friend” and praised her work in Michigan.
According to numerous sources, on the day of the post, Trump and McDaniel had a meeting at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
RNCAccording to the New York Times, Trump believes that Whatley played a crucial role in helping him win North Carolina in 2020 and that there was widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election. These factors have led the former president to favor Whatley leading the national party.
Whatley has supported efforts to create new voting regulations due to worries about fraud. Whatley is also the RNC’s chief counsel.
In the event that McDaniel resigns, the RNC must hold a new leader election.
The RNC’s cash on hand as of December 31 was only $8 million, the lowest since little over $5 million at the end of 2014. This information comes from filings made with the Federal Election Commission.
By comparison, the Trump campaign had $42 million in cash on hand at the end of 2023.
“There has been no change. Regarding McDaniel’s status, RNC spokesperson Keith Schipper told The Post in a statement that “this will be decided after South Carolina.”