RNC chief: 'The rules are not being changed’
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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday his organization is not interested in changing the GOP presidential primary rules.

“The rules are set, they’re in place [and] they’re not going to change,” he told host Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”


“The rules are not being changed to injure or benefit anybody,” Priebus added. "They’re in writing and they are what they are. All the candidates have the rules of the game.

“They’ve actually all been participating in the game. I do have to respond, though, when a campaign says that the RNC is rigging the rules. That’s not the case.”

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE on Tuesday said the GOP’s presidential nominating rules are “a disgrace for the party."

“Reince Priebus should be ashamed of himself,” he told The Hill in an exclusive interview at Trump Tower in New York. "He should be ashamed of himself because he knows what’s going on.”

Priebus on Wednesday said Trump’s remarks stem from his outrage over his results in recent voting contests.

“I believe that this is some frustration that has bubbled up,” he said of the Republican presidential front-runner. "When people are frustrated or angry, they sometimes say things that they regret. This is going to blow over.”

Trump is especially furious with Colorado, after it awarded the last of its 34 delegates to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSanders meets with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Cruz knocks Chick-fil-A over past donation: It has 'lost its way' Overnight Energy: Relocated BLM staff face salary cuts | UN report calls for drastic action on climate change | California asks EPA to reconsider emissions rule MORE (R-Texas) over the weekend without having a caucus or primary. The front-runner dislikes that some delegates are not bound to vote for their district or state winner at the Republican National Convention in July.

Priebus said the RNC has always openly decreed that the party’s presidential nomination requires a majority of delegates.

“There’s not going to be any bending whatsoever on that rule,” he said. "[Trump] has a plurality of delegates but he needs a majority.

"I don’t know what’s so complicated about a majority in the United States of America when our country was founded on the principle of having a majority.”

Trump leads the delegate race with 755 to Cruz’s 545 and 143 for Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), according to the latest RealClearPolitics delegates count. At least 1,237 delegates are needed for securing the GOP presidential mantle in Cleveland next summer.