By Nathan Layne and Alexandra Ulmer
(Reuters) – Ronna McDanielchairwoman of the Republican National Committee, plans to resign from her post after this month’s South Carolina primaries, under pressure from Donald Trumpaccording to an RNC member familiar with the matter.
The potential shakeup comes as former U.S. President Trump, the frontrunner for the party’s presidential nomination, indicates he wants to make changes to the organization as he prepares for a likely rematch with President Joe Bidena Democrat, in November.
Whoever replaces McDaniel will face the challenge of unifying a fractured party just nine months before the 2024 election. The RNC plays a critical role in raising funds for the candidate, promoting the party’s message, mobilizing resources and voter mobilization.
McDaniel met with Trump on Monday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. After that meeting, Trump wrote on social media that he would push for changes within the RNC after the Feb. 24 primary in South Carolina, which he is expected to win.
RNC spokesman Keith Schipper did not rule out McDaniel’s departure, which was first reported by The New York Times.
“Nothing has changed,” Schipper said in a statement. “That will be decided after South Carolina.”
McDaniel, who is serving his fourth two-year term as RNC chair, has made no final decisions, including on timing, according to the person familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the situation was still fluid.
A source close to the RNC said it had been informed of McDaniel’s departure but gave no further details.
A Trump campaign spokeswoman declined to comment.
Although McDaniel won re-election last year, she faced criticism from some Republicans over the party’s fundraising and performance at the polls. During his term, Trump was defeated in 2020 and the party had a weaker-than-expected performance in the 2022 midterm elections.
McDaniel’s critics received new ammunition…