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RNC Pushes Back on Report about Trump Funding

Spicer reportedly told Politico that if Trump has not turned his campaign around by mid-October, the RNC’s resources might have to be diverted.

The Hill Reports:

Republican Party officials reportedly have privately discussed cutting off support and funding to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and instead focusing their efforts on down-ballot candidates, according to a Politico report.

But top Republican National Committee (RNC) strategist Sean Spicer is labeling the story as “faux reporting.”

Spicer reportedly told Politico that if Trump has not turned his campaign around by mid-October, the RNC’s resources might have to be diverted.

Operatives told the paper that by then, it might be too late.

“Early voting in Ohio starts in a few weeks, there’s a 45-day window for absentee voters, so mid-September would probably be the latest the RNC could redeploy assets and have any real impact,” an RNC member told Politico.

“The only thing you could change in mid-October would be to shift some TV ads, maybe try to prop up Senate candidates in tough races like [Rob] Portman [Ohio], [Marco] Rubio [Fla.] and [Pat] Toomey [Pa.].”

“The party committee has this same job every cycle, to employ limited resources to maximum effect at the ballot box. … And that means not pouring precious resources into dysfunctional, noncooperative, losing campaigns,” a high-level Republican strategist told Politico.

Officials at the RNC have been making the case that the party is devoting its resources to help elect its nominee and that Trump is to blame for his slipping poll numbers.

During an off-the-record conversation last week, Spicer reportedly said the RNC has “all these staffers out there working and knocking on doors, with a data system they believe rivals what Obama built in 2012 — so it’s not their fault,” Politico reported according to someone in the room.

Politico did not attend that off-the-record meeting.

Spicer also said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has been talking to the GOP nominee regularly and trying to get him on message.

A report surfaced last week saying that Priebus warned Trump that if he didn’t change the direction of his presidential campaign, the party would instead aid down-ballot candidates.

Trump denied the interaction ever happened.

The report comes following several Republican lawmakers’s recent decision to not support their party’s nominee and after more than 70 Republicans signed a letter to the RNC chairman urging him to cut off spending to Trump.

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