RNC chair defends Trump asking acting FBI chief about vote: 'Just trying to get to know somebody’

The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee on Wednesday defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE after reports that he asked acting Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe last year whom he voted for in the 2016 election.

"I know this is a big story, I think it's just a conversation," Ronna Romney McDaniel said during an interview on CNN.

She was pressed on whether she thought the question was inappropriate.

"I don't know, I ask people who they vote for sometimes. I think it's just trying to get to know somebody," she said.


"I don't think the intentions are as bad as they're being put out."

She said Trump isn't going around to every FBI agent and asking them whether they voted for him in the election.

"This is a president who is just getting to know people and that's part of those conversations," she said.

Her comments come after a report that Trump asked McCabe during an Oval Office meeting last year whom he voted for in the 2016 election.

The Washington Post reported Trump invited McCabe to the White House after he fired former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE last May. McCabe was acting FBI director at the time.

Current and former U.S. officials told the Post that Trump and McCabe had a casual conversation before Trump asked McCabe whom he voted for in the 2016 presidential election. McCabe reportedly told Trump he didn’t vote.