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 TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' 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 ComeyNYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info Bernie-Hillary echoes seen in Biden-Sanders primary fight Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' 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.