Donald Trump Says He Will No Longer Honor RNC Pledge to Support Party Nominee
While participating in a CNN town hall, the billionaire businessman again backed his campaign manager who had run into trouble with the law.
Donald Trump once again defended his embattled campaign manager and shrugged off his recent feud with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during the CNN Republican presidential town hall on Tuesday.
"I think my leadership is very good," the billionaire businessman told moderator Anderson Cooper.
Trump, the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, was asked about his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who on Tuesday morning was charged with assault in Florida.
Trump told Cooper it would have been easier to fire Lewandowski than "talk about it all night," but he "refused to ruin his life" and reiterated he believes Lewandowski did nothing wrong.
Trump also told Cooper he would not honor his pledge to the Republican National Committee to support the Republican nominee if it was not himself.
"I have been treated very unfairly" by the RNC, Trump said, adding that he no longer agreed with the pledge.
Trump was booed a few times during the CNN event, each time saying it must have come from Cruz supporters planted in the audience.
When pressed on his recent feud with Cruz over their wives, Trump responded: "I didn't start it."
Cooper pushed back on the response, saying it was something a child would use as reasoning. Trump rebuffed that notion.
As far as the picture that started the feud, a semi-nude photo of Melania Trump used for a meme targeted at Mormon voters in Utah, Trump accused previous GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney of being the mastermind behind it.
"Romney sent it out," he said. "Everyone had proof he sent it out."
Stating he is worth more than $10 billion, Trump said he has spent $35 million of his own fortune on his campaign to this point.