Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus reportedly told Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE last week that if he didn't change the direction of his presidential campaign, the party would instead focus more on down-ballot races, Time reported.
Priebus told the nominee during a phone call that internal party polls show his campaign is going in the wrong direction, GOP officials told the magazine.
The RNC chairman reportedly told Trump that he would have been better off staying at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida since the Republican National Convention last month.
But Trump said during an interview with Time that the interaction never happened.
"He never said that. We never had a conversation about that," Trump said in a Tuesday interview with Time.
"We do very well together. We never had that conversation. Doesn’t exist. And by the way, Reince Priebus is a terrific guy. He never said that. It was never stated. Why would they state that when I’m raising millions of dollars for them?"
Time later ran a correction to its story, saying that it had mischaracterized conversations between Priebus and Trump and that the RNC chair had expressed concerns but not explicitly warned of a funding shift.
Trump has sparked a string of controversies over the past few weeks. He faced backlash after attacking the family of Humayun Khan, an Army captain who was killed in Iraq in 2004, and after initially declining to endorse Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms To cut poverty and solve the labor shortage, enhance the Earned Income Tax Credit MORE (R-Wis.) and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain20 years after 9/11, US foreign policy still struggles for balance What the chaos in Afghanistan can remind us about the importance of protecting democracy at home 'The View' plans series of conservative women as temporary McCain replacements MORE (R-Ariz.) for reelection.
Support for the GOP nominee has also been dropping since the Democratic convention last month, which produced a polling bump for that party's nominee, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPennsylvania GOP authorizes subpoenas in election probe We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader MORE.
Time reported that Priebus told Trump his title is not chairman of the Trump campaign but rather chairman of the RNC. He said he would do what was best for the party.
Priebus also told Trump to stay on message and warned him that he doesn't have much time left to improve his polling numbers, the magazine reported.
Updated at 8:52 p.m.