Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks to the audience at the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by CNN at the University of Miami in Miami

Trump threat to run as independent counterproductive: party chief

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks to the audience at the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by CNN at the University of Miami in MiamiBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus said on Sunday that Donald Trump is making it harder for himself to win the Republican presidential nomination by threatening to run as an independent if he is not treated fairly. In several television interviews, Priebus, who chairs the Republican National Committee, said candidates sometimes make such statements in hopes of gaining leverage over the party, but that it would not work. “Those kinds of comments, I think, have consequences,” Priebus said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And so when you make those kinds of comments and you want people to fall in line for you, it makes it more difficult.      “… And certainly, you know, if you were running for president of the Kiwanis Club or the Boy Scouts and you said you don’t know if you like the Kiwanis or the Boy Scouts, I think that makes your challenge even greater to ultimately win those kinds of posts,” he said.

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