PRESIDENT-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is “totally” willing to be “the nominee” of the Republican Party.
Trump, who is expected to be formally nominated on Friday by the Republican National Committee, made the comments as he addressed a rally in New Hampshire, according to MSNBC.
“If you want to be president, that’s what you want,” Trump said, according the network.
“You can’t be a Democrat and have a Republican in there.
If you want that, you have to be a Republican.”
Trump was referring to a dispute between the two parties about who would be the Republican nominee for president.
Democrats want the party to nominate a candidate to succeed retiring Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as their nominee.
If Trump does not win that race, Republicans are expected to nominate their own nominee, and if Trump wins, he is expected, to appoint his own running mate.
But Trump said he wants “to have my own person.”
“I’m totally willing,” he said.
“If I’m the nominee, that would be amazing.”
Trump, however, did not rule out the possibility of the nomination shifting to someone other than his running mate, and said that the next step would be to decide who would lead the ticket.
“That would be my first and final decision,” Trump told reporters.
Trump also said he would not rule any nominee out from the Republican ticket, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
“I think he’s very smart, he’s a great guy,” Trump, who served as the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, said.
“And I don’t think he’d be the worst person to run for president.”
Trump also defended his criticism of former President Barack Obama for the handling of the deadly Benghazi terrorist attack, and claimed he did not intend to cause any problems during his presidency.
“It was never my intention to cause problems,” Trump tweeted.
“I was elected by the people, and I won’t let you down.”
Trump made his remarks at a rally hosted by the New Hampshire Republican Party in Manchester.
He said the party is trying to get a new president in 2020.
“We need a new person in the White House, and we want somebody that can win and that can put America first,” Trump explained.
“There’s no doubt in my mind, I would like to be somebody that’s a better leader than what I was doing.”
Trump added that he was not concerned about his election being perceived as a rebuke to the Democratic Party, but rather a repudiation of President-elect Joe Biden.
“Look, I’m just trying to show the country what a good leader I am,” Trump remarked.
“A lot of people don’t like me, but I’m trying to tell the country, I’ll show the people what a great leader I was.”
Trump has been in a public feud with Biden, the vice president-elect, since he was elected in 2016.
Biden has accused Trump of trying to undermine his own bid for the presidency, and he said in a statement Wednesday that Trump’s “distorted vision” is “a serious threat to our democracy.”
“In the process of putting himself forward for president, Mr. Trump has not only insulted my family, but he has tried to delegitimize our democracy,” Biden said.