RNC Denies Committee Considering Cutting Off Trump Campaign

Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer on Sunday denied a report that the committee may cut off funds to the Donald Trump campaign to focus resources on down-ballot races.

Politico reported on Sunday morning that the RNC has begun discussing a potential plan to end funding of the Trump campaign in October to focus on maintaining majorities in the House and Senate, citing unnamed sources. The outlet reported:

According to sources close to Priebus, the chairman has warned that if Trump does not better heed this persistent advice to avoid dustups driven by his rhetoric, the RNC might not be able to help him as much — suggesting that money and ground resources might be diverted.

To this point, Spicer has suggested a mid-October deadline for turning around the presidential campaign, suggesting last week to reporters and in separate discussions with GOP operatives that it would cause serious concern inside the RNC if Trump were to remain in a weakened position by then.

Operatives close to the RNC leadership who have heard this argument from party leadership, say the committee might have to make a decision about pulling the plug on Trump before that.

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