Trump predicts he'll 'easily' get delegates to win nomination

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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: Kaepernick should find another country Trump surrogate tweets cartoon of Clinton in blackface Poll: Portman, Toomey lead Dem challengers in key Senate races MORE on Monday predicted that he'll be able to avoid a contested convention by winning the support of a majority of delegates to this summer's GOP gathering.

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"I think we will easily make that number of the 1,237," Trump said of the delegate threshold needed to lock up the presidential nomination at the party's national convention in July.

"We should make it pretty easily. So from what I'm seeing, we won't have to fight at a convention."

Trump spoke to reporters at a news conference at the construction site of his new Washington, D.C., hotel.

He added that it is "a bit unfair" to ask him to win the majority of delegates because he initially competed against a large field of challengers.

"Even now, we have the three, when Hillary has had one," Trump said.

"We have a lot of delegates. We are almost up to 700. I got those delegates the hard way, running against many different people."

He later softened that prediction, telling reporters that he thinks he'll win the delegate majority, but "we'll see what happens." 

Also during the press conference, Trump said he'll release a list of seven to 10 potential choices for the Supreme Court to push back against concerns that he may not nominate a conservative.

"I'm going to submit a list of potential justices for the United States Supreme Court that I will appoint from the list," he said.

"Some people say maybe I'll appoint a liberal judge. I won't."

Trump added that the conservative Heritage Foundation is helping him with that list, which he said would be released within weeks. 

Heritage's head, former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), on Monday attended a closed-door meeting with Trump on Capitol Hill.

Trump has faced accusations from his main GOP rival, Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump attacking immigration issue openly and honestly Election 2016: A choice between Goldfinger and Darth Vader Would internet transition have an impact on current US election? MORE (R-Texas), that he isn't a true conservative and wouldn't appoint one to the high court.

- Updated at 4:08 p.m.

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