Trump Says He Doesn't Need Establishment

| by Nicholas Roberts
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would like prominent GOP leaders in Congress to support his campaign, but says he does not necessarily need them to win the general election.

Leaders including House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have at least tepidly supported Trump's candidacy since it became clear the billionaire would be the only mathematically possible nominee from the primaries, Politico reports.  

On the other side, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse are among those vociferously opposing Trump.

Finally, some Republicans, including both former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, who have yet to throw their weight one way or the other during this election cycle.

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" on June 19, Trump said he thinks he can win the presidency "one way or the other."

"I obviously won the primaries without them. You know, I'm an outsider and I won the primaries. I do believe that we can win either way, but it would be nice if we stuck together."

Trump brushed off reports that his campaign would lack the funds to compete in battleground states, saying he would self-fund should such a situation occur.

"She’s selling herself to Wall Street and the Wall Street fat cats are all putting up a lot of money for her. I don’t even want that kind of money. I don’t think I need that money, frankly. I mean, look what we’re doing right now. This is like a commercial, right? Except it’s tougher than a normal commercial."

In other news, Trump fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on June 20, according to The New York Times.  

Those briefed on the matter said Lewandowski's firing was intended as part of the shift the campaign is trying to take to become more competitive in a general election setting.

Sources: Politico, The New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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