RNC Chair Reince Preibus Still At Odds With Donald Trump

According to a report in The New York Times, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus said that he "has also let it be known that he does not plan to let the Trump campaign take over the party apparatus if he captures the nomination. At an off-the-record happy hour with reporters last week, Mr. Priebus said clearly that, regardless of precedent, he would not be layered over by Mr. Trump's loyalists, according to two people present."

This would mark a shocking reversal of precedent and a big insult to the Trump campaign.

In a contemporary presidential campaign, the presumptive nominee takes de facto control over the party and its apparatus. The party and the RNC chair then takes direction from them.

The Times report also shares that Preibus and top aides have been complaining about Trump's combative approach to the party, its officials and other candidates. This week, Trump backed out of a promise not to run as an independent candidate if he should lose the nomination.

If none of the Republican candidates gain the 1,237 votes on the first ballot, convention delegates can nominate the candidate of their choice.

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