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 TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet 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 RomneyFrom a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters Tennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans NRCC poll finds McBath ahead of Handel in Georgia 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 GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy  Five takeaways as panel grills tech CEOs Trump awards medal of freedom to former congressman, Olympian Jim Ryun 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.