President Donald Trump fired back at “fake news” and “carnival-like chaos” at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, declaring that he was “not interested in politics, I am interested in winning.”
In an unusually candid speech, Trump said he did not believe he was qualified to run for president, instead calling for unity among Republicans and focusing on the economic issues that he said have plagued his party.
“If we’re going to win, I want us to have a president who will take us forward and who will give the American people a chance to see if they want to win again,” Trump said at the beginning of his speech.
Trump’s comments come as he faces a growing number of Republican critics, including former rival Sen. Ted Cruz Rafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Mattis dismisses talk of replacing top Trump adviser | Russian hackers won’t go away | Lawmakers introduce resolution to end standoff on North Korea cyber threatTrump: Trump’s tariffs ‘unfair’ on companies that move production abroad, but ‘don’t hurt American workers’Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Groups furious over new drug pricing rules | Dems see bill as a win for public health MORE (R-Texas), who are leading the fight to get Trump removed from the 2020 GOP ticket.
“We’re not going to have an American leader who is not interested in this, and that’s where I think it’s headed,” Trump told reporters after the speech.
“We’re going for unity, and we’re not interested, frankly, in politics.
I’m not interested.”
The president has not yet said who he will nominate as his running mate.
Trump did not name any of the potential nominees in the speech, but his campaign did say that he plans to nominate former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush as his vice president.
“I am the only one who has a shot,” Trump added.
“And I am going to make that happen.”
Trump also addressed the ongoing fight between the Trump campaign and the Republican Party over his nomination.
“This is a political circus.
This is carnival-style chaos,” he said.
“There’s no chance we’re winning this thing.”
Trump has repeatedly clashed with the GOP in recent weeks, calling on GOP leaders to support him on health care and the economy, and also telling reporters during the campaign that the party is “not unified.”
“It’s going to be a great Republican convention,” he told reporters last month.
“It’s a great convention for Donald Trump.”