Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump sat down on Sunday with NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press to talk about the state of the race, his victory over his GOP opponents, unifying the party, and his recent seeming flip-flops on campaign promises.
Trump was in for quite a grilling at the hands of NBC’s chief political correspondent, but things are likely to get far tougher as the race for President heats up through the summer.
On Paul Ryan’s decision not to endorse Trump:
We don’t have a lot of time. I want to move on here. Let me talk about the Paul Ryan situation. Frankly, you seem pretty annoyed by this. Are you?
No. It’s just the way it is. I don’t think it hurts me at all. And I’d like to have his support, but if he doesn’t want to support me that’s fine. And we have to go about it. Look, I’m going to get millions and millions of votes more than the Republicans would have gotten.
If you look at the numbers, I think right now, or I will be this week or next week, in the history of the Republican Party, nobody has ever gotten so many votes as I have. I’ve beaten Eisenhower and Nixon and Reagan and everybody. And we have a tremendous group of people that’s voting.
And remember, I have a lot of states left. And if you look at the percentages I’m winning, I mean, I got 62 percent in New York, and I got these massive numbers all over. And I have three candidates. I was having to beat three candidates. You know, nobody ever mentions that, that you get 62 percent, but it’s not against just one person. It’s against, in this case, three. And during the process–
And so your case to Paul Ryan is, “Hey, the voters have decided. Get on board.”
Well, I would say that’s true. I mean, to be honest. I like Paul Ryan. I think he’s a very good guy. He called me three weeks ago, and he was so supportive. It was amazing. And I never thought a thing like this. I got blindsided by this–
So you’re stunned. You feel blindsided by him?
No, I would say stunned is a little bit– it’s politics. I’m never stunned by anything that happens in politics. But, so I’m not — yeah, I was blindsided a little bit, because he spoke to me three weeks ago, and it was a very nice call, a very encouraging call. I was doing well. He called me, I think, to congratulate me about New York, ’cause I won by massive numbers. I won everything. And then the next week, I won the five states in a row by all landslide numbers.
And he called me to congratulate me. Couldn’t have been nicer. And again, I have a nice relationship with him. Don’t know him well. Met him one time. But have a nice relationship with him. And then all of a sudden, he gets on and he does this number. So I’m not exactly sure what he has in mind. But that’s okay–
If he can’t endorse you, do you think he should be chair of the Convention?
I don’t want to mention now. I’ll see after. I will give you a very solid answer, if that happens, about one minute after that happens. Okay? But there’s no reason to give it right now. But I’ll be very quick with the answer. Let’s see what happens–