Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), has told former President Donald Trump that she is planning to step down after the South Carolina primary on February 24, according to reports in Daily Mail.
According to the New York Times, Trump is likely to promote Michael Whatley, the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, as McDaniel’s replacement. However, in line with the committee rules, Trump cannot simply appoint someone. A new election must take place and Whatley might face opposition from within the party.
Trump posted on his Truth Social app that he would be deciding the future of the RNC 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,” he wrote.
Over the past few months, McDaniel has faced lots of pressure, with suggestions to quit from several Maga Republicans. Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point U.S.A., who has campaigned publicly to remove McDaniel, suggested last week in an interview that he would like to see some of Trump’s family members or one-time presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy take over the party.
“I think Vivek would be great. Or Donald Jr. or Lara Trump,” Kirk said. “I mean, if the Trump campaign and the RNC merge, which they do at the convention, why wouldn’t you have the RNC chair be Don Jr?”
However, The Democratic National Committee (DNC) responded to the report with a statement claiming that McDaniel is the latest American to lose her job under Trump.
According to Fox News, McDaniel was nominated by Trump as the chairperson of the RNC after he won the presidential election in 2016. She was re-elected in 2019, 2021 and 2023. Even though Trump has great influence over the RNC, some of the 168 members of the committee would reject Whatley as a replacement for McDaniel when she finally steps down.