Has there been an employee/employer bromance as exciting and filled with harrowing possibilities as that of hapless idiot Reince Priebus and billionaire megalomaniac supervillain Donald Trump.
Sure to outsiders their relationship may look troubled. Even massively dysfunctional to the point of insanity...
Trump’s relationship with RNC sours
Tensions flare as the party hires a fired Trump aide and uses vendors linked to #NeverTrump, while fundraising flags.
By Kenneth P. Vogel, Eli Stokols and Alex Isenstadt
06/15/16 10:27 PM EDT
Donald Trump is relying heavily on the Republican Party to bolster his skeletal operation, but his campaign’s relationship with the Republican National Committee is increasingly plagued by distrust, power struggles and strategic differences, according to sources in both camps.
In recent days, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has privately grumbled that his advice doesn’t seem welcome with Trump, according to one RNC insider. Other party officials have expressed frustration that Trump’s campaign is trying to take too much control over a pair of fundraising committees with the party while adding little to the effort, according to campaign and party officials familiar with the relationship.
While Trump had promised Priebus that he would call two dozen top GOP donors, when RNC chief of staff Katie Walsh recently presented Trump with a list of more than 20 donors, he called only three before stopping, according to two sources familiar with the situation. It’s unclear whether he resumed the donor calls later.
Meanwhile, there’s deep skepticism on Trump’s campaign about the RNC’s commitment to the presumptive GOP nominee, with some campaign officials questioning how hard the RNC is working to help Trump and to raise money for his campaign’s joint committees with the party.
Indeed, faced with suggestions that party leaders are unhappy with Trump’s incendiary rhetoric about the Orlando shooting and the judge presiding over a lawsuit against the candidate and his Trump University, campaign insiders scoffed.
“I don’t think we are going to take a lot of political advice from Priebus,” a campaign official said...
But what Reince and Donald share is special and beautiful and no god damn outsider can possibly understand!
Flying to Dallas now with @realDonaldTrump...Reports of discord are pure fiction. Great events lined up all over Texas. Rs will win in Nov!— Reince Priebus (@Reince) June 16, 2016
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