Trump joked that Romney McDaniel should drop 'Romney' from her name
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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel reportedly dropped the use of "Romney" in her name professionally after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTom Arnold claims to have unreleased 'tapes' of Trump Cohen distances himself from Tom Arnold, says they did not discuss Trump US military indefinitely suspends two training exercises with South Korea MORE joked about it.

Trump joked with the chairwoman and her husband about dropping her surname, according to a New York Times report on Saturday.

"You know the job you’re signing up for," McDaniel told the newspaper about her move to assume leadership of the national party committee.

McDaniel shares the name with her uncle and former GOP presidential nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDem lawmaker: GOP deliberately increased deficits through tax cuts in order to cut social programs Former top Treasury official to head private equity group Romney backs Laura Bush on border: 'We need a more compassionate answer' MORE, a critic of Trump during the 2016 campaign who is viewed as a likely Senate candidate in Utah following the retirement of Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchSenate panel to hold hearing next week for Trump IRS nominee On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Senators hammer Ross over Trump tariffs MORE (R-Utah).


Trump picked McDaniel, who spearheaded Republican efforts to win her native Michigan, to head the national party in December 2016, becoming the second woman to ever hold the position. Trump has referred to McDaniel as "my Romney," the Times reported.

Romney in the Senate could bring new challenges to Trump's influence in the chamber, where he already faces nearly united opposition from Senate Democrats and several prominent Republican critics.

Still, several GOP senators are urging Romney to run for Hatch's seat.