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 TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president 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 RomneyKavanaugh and the 'boys will be boys' sentiment is a poor excuse for bad behavior Nicki Minaj endorses Cuomo for governor Thank goodness Trump gets what Obama failed to grasp on economy 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 HatchDem rep who met with Kavanaugh accuser: 'She wanted her truth to come out' Senate passes bipartisan bill to curb opioid crisis Kavanaugh, accuser to testify publicly on Monday 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.