Donald Trump wants remaining Republicans to get on board with his campaign, but the presumptive GOP nominee says he doesn’t need them to win.
Several prominent Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have lined up with varying levels of enthusiasm behind Trump. But others, like former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, have yet to throw their weight behind Trump. Some, including Mitt Romney and former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden, have been loudly critical of their party’s nominee.
But Trump said in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he can win in November, with or without their support.
“We’re going to have a great convention and I think we’re going to go on to a great victory. It would be nice if the Republicans stuck together,” he said. “ I think that I win either way. I can win one way or the other.”
“I obviously won the primaries without them,” he continued. “You know, I’m an outsider and I won the primaries. I do believe that we can win either way, but it would be nice if we stuck together.”