The RNC chair is Mitt Romney's niece. Here's what she said about her uncle's ...

The RNC chair is Mitt Romney's niece. Here's what she said about her uncle's ...
The RNC chair is Mitt Romney's niece. Here's what she said about her uncle's ...
25 min ago The RNC chair is Mitt Romney's niece. Here's what she said about her uncle's letter.

From CNN's Veronica Stracqualursi

and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel

and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel sided with President over her uncle Mitt Romney, slamming the Utah senator-elect for writing an op-ed in which he criticized the President.

Here's her tweet:

What you need to know about McDaniel: She has been supportive of since the 2016 election and, as the former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, helped win the key state.

She was tapped in December 2016 to succeed Reince Priebus as RNC chair while he took on the White House chief of staff job, from which he was later fired. McDaniel became only the second woman to chair the RNC in history.

Since then, McDaniel has had to navigate the tricky role of being a supporter and Romney's niece. That could continue to prove difficult as her uncle begins his six-year term in Congress on Thursday. The incoming senator has made clear he will support the President where he agrees and speak out when he doesn't.

1 hr 4 min ago says he wants Romney to be a "team player"

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

President leads a meeting of his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House January 02, 2019 in Washington, DC.

President leads a meeting of his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House January 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President said Wednesday he hopes incoming Sen.-elect Mitt Romney will become a "team player" after the Utah Republican decried the President in a Washington Post op-ed.

But by-and-large the President held his fire on the one-time presidential candidate, choosing not to issue any overt insults or criticism of a new congressional foil.

"I wish Mitt could be more of a team player. I'm surprised he did it this quickly. I was expecting something but i'm surprised he did it this quickly," said during a meeting of his Cabinet.

Earlier today, tweeted similar sentiments:

During the Cabinet meeting, noted he'd endorsed Romney in his election, a nod for which said Romney "thanked me profusely."

"I was happy that he won in Utah," said. "I have great popularity in Utah."

And while did not use overly injurious language to hit back at Romney, he did suggest the new senator could have won his own presidential bid if he'd been a little tougher.

"I will say this, if he fought really hard against President Obama like he does against me, he would have won the election," said. "If he fought the way he fights me, I'm telling you, he would have won the election."

1 hr 9 min ago Why Romney thinks hasn't "risen to the mantle of the office"

From CNN's Devan Cole

In an op-ed published in The Washington Post, Sen.-elect Mitt Romney said President Donald 's behavior since taking office "is evidence that the President has not risen to the mantle of the office."

Romney wrote in Tuesday's op-ed that he agreed with some of the policy changes has championed. "But policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency," he wrote.

"It is well known that Donald was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not," Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, wrote in the opinion piece, adding that several of 's Cabinet appointments had been "encouraging."

"But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the President has not risen to the mantle of the office," he wrote.

Romney has been a vocal critic of the President during 's campaign and first two years in office, although the two had appeared to mend fences after was elected. They were photographed dining together as mulled making Romney his

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