Trump asks RNC chair to stay for 2020 election

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE confirmed Thursday he’s asked Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDaniel Conservatives accuse Warren of hypocrisy over comment on school admission scandal Democrats allow anti-Semitism to spread with their weak resolution Omar deletes tweets at center of anti-Semitism controversy MORE to stay on for a second two-year term as chairwoman of the Republican National Committee so that she can assist in his 2020 reelection campaign. 

“As RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel oversaw history defying gains in the Senate and unprecedented fundraising strength. I have asked her to serve another term for my 2020 re-elect, because there is no one better for the job!” he tweeted.

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It was first reported in October that McDaniel would stay on for second term.

McDaniel, who is also Sen.-elect Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump's attacks on McCain exacerbate tensions with Senate GOP Lou Dobbs criticizes Republicans 'undercutting' Trump on 'nasty remarks about John McCain' GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' MORE’s (R-Utah) niece, was elected RNC chair in 2017 to replace Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusMulvaney poised to become permanent White House chief of staff: report DNC decision to shut out Fox News hurts Democratic candidates and Americans The five Trump communications directors who have come and gone MORE as he became White House chief of staff.

Trump’s endorsement makes it unlikely that McDaniel will face a challenger as the president solidifies his grip on the Republican Party.

While Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives after Democrats flipped a net of approximately 40 seats, they were able to expand their majority to 53-47 in the Senate, defeating several senators in states Trump carried in 2016.

McDaniel has emerged as an effective fundraiser for the party and a staunch defender of the president.