Report: Ronna McDaniel Stepping Down After South Carolina Primaries

Ronna McDaniel, the controversial chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), reportedly revealed that she will step aside after the South Carolina GOP primary, which will be held on Feb. 24, after attaining the status of the longest-serving RNC chair in modern history

She and former President Donald Trump met face-to-face at his Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday, according to the New York Times. McDaniel faced increasing calls to give up her leadership of the RNC after lackluster performances for the party in recent elections. 

Also on Tuesday, McDaniel’s chief of staff Mike Reed confirmed that he will step down as well.

There are conflicting reports on the validity of the Times report. An RNC spokesperson attempted to cast doubt on the certainty of McDaniel’s resignation on Tuesday, but several outlets continued with the story.

Sources also revealed that the 45th president wants to promote North Carolina Republican Chair Michael Watley to head the national organization.

As Trump moves steadily closer to securing his third straight GOP presidential nomination, he strengthened calls for leadership adjustments within the party. He called McDaniel a “friend” on social media after their Monday meeting.

However, Trump said he would encourage changes at the top after the South Carolina primary. “Ronna is now Head of the RNC, and I’ll be making a decision the day after the South Carolina primary as to my recommendations for RNC growth.” 

The former president appeared Sunday on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” Addressing Maria Bartiromo, Trump complimented McDaniel by asserting “I think she did a great job when she ran Michigan for me.”

The RNC head was previously the chair of the Michigan Republican Party.

But then he added, “I think she did OK, initially, in the RNC. I would say right now, there’ll probably be some changes made.”

Trump further told Newsmax on Monday when asked if it was time for McDaniel to depart, “I think she knows that, I think she understands that.”

It was Trump who propelled McDaniel’s ascension when he nominated her for the post shortly after his 2016 election win. She has been reelected three times to head the party, though she faced spirited competition in Jan. 2023.


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