In a Monday night interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd, Trump said that he’s “not running for office,” and added that he “never” had a “campaign,” and that he wants to “do a lot of things” as president.
“I never had a campaign.
I never have,” Trump said.
“I’m the least successful candidate of any major party in modern times.
I have never had anything.
I’m not even running for a thing.”
Trump’s comments come just weeks after he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the GOP presidential primary would be “an absolute coronation” if he were to win.
“This is a coronation.
If he wins, it will be a coronations, I’ll be a very happy man,” Trump told Todd on “Meet the Press.””
It’s the only thing that could happen to me,” Trump added.
“It’s going to be an absolute coronatation.
And that’s what I want.”
Trump also addressed the criticism that he had not been a “political leader” during the campaign, saying that he did not want to be.
“As you know, I’m a political leader.
I’ve done everything that I could,” Trump explained.
“As you remember, I was not in the campaign for political reasons.
I was in it because I was running for the presidency.””
I have always been in politics for the right reasons,” Trump continued.
“And I think the fact that I didn’t run for office, I think it was a mistake, but I think I was doing what I thought was right.
And I think that’s all that really matters.”
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