Former President Trump has recommended North Carolina GOP Chair Michael Whatley to replace RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel after the South Carolina Primary, Fox News Digital has learned.
A source familiar told Fox News Digital that there will be “a change” in leadership at the Republican National Committee after the Feb. 24 South Carolina Primary.
The source told Fox News Digital that Trump is pushing for Whatley to replace McDaniel — specifically because he was “so powerful on election fraud” in 2020.
Whatley has served as the North Carolina GOP chair since 2019. Whatley also serves as the general counsel for the Republican National Committee.
Trump won North Carolina in 2020. The source said that Whatley “kept the fraud down” in the state, “despite having a strong Democrat governor.”
The source stressed that Trump is focused on ensuring the votes in the 2024 general election are “safe.”
“Trump goes around saying ‘we don’t need the votes, we have plenty, what we need is protected ballots during the election, period,’” the source explained, stressing the importance of “protecting the ballot” in the 2024 general election.
Prior to his work with the Republican Party, Whatley served as a federal law clerk, a senior official in the President George W. Bush administration and as the chief of staff for former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C. Whatley also served as a senior advisor to the Bush-Cheney campaign, Florida Recount and Transition Teams, as well as the Trump-Pence campaign and transition teams.
Earlier this week, Trump met with McDaniel at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. After the meeting, Trump posted on his Truth Social that McDaniel was a “friend” but that he would be urging changes at the RNC after the South Carolina GOP presidential 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 and 2024 GOP frontrunner posted on Truth Social.
In an interview that aired Sunday on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo, Trump said of McDaniel, “I think she did great when she ran Michigan for me.”
The former president pointed to McDaniel’s previous tenure as chair of the Michigan GOP.
“I think she did OK, initially, in the RNC. I would say right now, there’ll probably be some changes made,” he added.
When she won re-election last year, McDaniel said in an interview with Fox News that it would be her last two-year term steering the national party committee.