The Latest: Trump backs McDaniel for another term as RNC chair

Trump backs McDaniel for another term as RNC chair

Trump backs McDaniel for another term as RNC chair

Trump on Wednesday backed Ronna McDaniel for a third term leading the Republican National Committee (RNC), following his reelection defeat.

“I am pleased to announce that I have given my full support and endorsement to Ronna McDaniel to continue heading the Republican National Committee (RNC),” Trump tweeted Wednesday evening. “With 72 MILLION votes, we received more votes than any sitting President in U.S. history – and we will win!”

McDaniel has not yet formally announced plans to seek a third term, but Trump’s tweet makes clear she will have his backing when she does.

McDaniel has headed the RNC since 2017, after serving as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. She was tapped by Trump to serve in the leadership post following his successful presidential run in 2016. She is the second woman to be elected to serve as RNC chair and is also a member of the Romney family.

Trump’s announcement comes about a week after the 2020 election. Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential race on Saturday, but Trump has refused to concede and instead pushed forward on challenging the results.

McDaniel has been one of Trump’s most fervent defenders and has been vocal in challenging the results of last week’s election and raising allegations of voter fraud that have not been substantiated.

The development comes after Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) was elected to serve as the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

McDaniel oversaw an investment in the GOP’s field and data program that helped Trump close in on projected President-elect Joe Biden in key battleground states, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the stiff headwinds of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus.

Trump boasted, “With 72 MILLION votes, we received more votes than any sitting President in U.S. history.”

Biden has more than 77 million votes.

President-elect Joe Biden pushed forward with his transition planning Wednesday amid resistance from President Donald Trump, whose administration is stonewalling the former vice president as the president pursues legal challenges to the election results.

Biden has been unable to receive intelligence reports because of the Trump administration’s unwillingness to acknowledge his victory. On Tuesday, the Democratic president-elect called Trump’s refusal to concede “an embarrassment” and said his transition was “well underway” despite the efforts to stymie his plans. Those include the General Service Administration head’s refusal to recognize his incoming administration, which is delaying millions of dollars in transition funds and access to current government officials.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department’s election crimes chief resigned in protest this week after Attorney General William Barr directed federal prosecutors to investigate “substantial allegations” of voter fraud before the presidential race results are certified — a change to Justice Department policy. And Senate Republicans got a victory in North Carolina’s Senate race, raising the stakes in the two outstanding Georgia races, which appear likely to determine control of the chamber.

Trump backs McDaniel for another RNC chair term

President Donald Trump is endorsing the chair of the Republican National Committee for another term, despite his electoral defeat.

Trump tweeted Wednesday: “I am pleased to announce that I have given my full support and endorsement to Ronna McDaniel to continue heading the Republican National Committee (RNC).”

McDaniel oversaw an investment in the GOP’s field and data program that helped Trump close in on President-elect Joe Biden in key battleground states, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the stiff headwinds of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus.

Trump boasted, “With 72 MILLION votes, we received more votes than any sitting President in U.S. history.”

Biden has more than 77 million votes.

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