Donald Trump so far has financed his own presidential race, but looking forward to fall, there will be much more money needed, and he said Wednesday he's open to seeking outside funding sources for the Republican Party, not for himself.
"I think it's most likely that I will, because you're talking about a billion dollars or a billion-and-a-half dollars," the presumptive nominee told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program. "I do have it, well, all I have to do is sell a building."
But, he told the program that the party will need a "lot of money" so it can compete, including in Senate and congressional races.
"I think that's a very big part of it," he told the program. "That's a big part of what I want to do. I want to raise a lot of money for the party itself."
Meanwhile, Trump said he's put his attacks on hold against Ted Cruz, who suspended his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination Tuesday night after his losses in Indiana.
"It's called competition, I guess," said Trump. "It was a tough race. He was a very tough competitor honestly. Lyin' Ted is now, we will now put that aside. I really respected the job. He was a very tough competitor and I said that last night. I was surprised that he left actually."
There was no path forward for Cruz to get the nomination, said Trump, but "I still thought he was going to the end. I just heard that he was going to the end, and then an hour before I got rumors that he was going to leave the race so I was a little surprised."
However, Trump said Cruz "did the right thing for himself and for his family and for the party. I think he did a great thing. You know, now we'll unify the party."
Trump also told the program that he's going to be heading to West Virginia, a state that opposes Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton after statements she made earlier this year about closing down the coal industry, which is vital to the Appalachian state's economy.
"We're going to put the miners back to work by the way," Trump promised Wednesday.
"The coal miners and the miners of West Virginia and Pennsylvania and Ohio and all of these places where it's just been, they have been devastated as an industry, they're going to be put back to work, and they're going to love their jobs again.
"You know, they have tremendous spirit, the miners. I have seen it over the years, they have unbelievable spirit and they'll be happy with Donald Trump," he said.
And, Trump promised, "I want clean coal. We'll have clean coal and plenty of it. The coal industry is being decimated and many great people are out of work and they can't get back into work. Hillary Clinton as you know, she says she wants to put the coal miners out of business never to work again. I don't know how she can go to West Virginia."
Clinton told an out-of-work miner this week that her comments were taken out of context, and Wednesday, Trump promised that things will be different for the mining industry if he is elected.
"We are going to put the miners back to work," said Trump. "In China, they take our coal and they burn the coal. They don't clean the coal, by the way. We'll have great, clean coal. We'll have an amazing mining business."
Meanwhile, on NBC's "Today" show,
Trump said that he is confident that he can unite "much of" the Republican Party, but "some of it, I don't want."
"Honestly, there are some people I really don't want, said Trump. "I don't think it is necessary. People will be voting for me, not the party, and I think we'll do well against Hillary. She is a disaster, and she will be a disastrous president."
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