Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed that he will have the 1,237 delegates necessary to become the Republican nominee during remarks to reporters at a press conference in Washington, D.C., Monday.
“We’re going to maybe — easily — make that number, 1,237. We should make it pretty easily based on what I’m seeing, so we don’t have to worry about fighting at the convention,” Trump said.
“Some people are saying we’re going to get 1,450 — quite a bit higher,” he said. “Ted Cruz won’t even be close.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in Washington, D.C., Monday. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Trump also cautioned against a potential third-party run, warning that Republicans should coalesce around his campaign “if they want to be smart.”
“They better be careful,” Trump said, adding, “You can’t be that spiteful, because you would destroy the country. A third party would destroy the country.”
Asked if he would consider his former GOP rival Ben Carson as a running mate, Trump called him “a fine man.”
“We’ll be talking to Ben Carson about a lot of things,” Trump said.