Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGermany’s Merkel says she has ‘good working relationship’ with Trump Sharpton confronts Omarosa at conference 100-day standard is 'ridiculous' to Trump because he's failed it MORE is beating back criticism over his terrible May fundraising report, claiming he has “unlimited” cash on hand to fund his campaign because he can put up as much of his own money as he wants.
“If need be, there could be unlimited ‘cash on hand’ as I would put up my own money, as I have already done through the primaries, spending over $50 million dollars,” Trump said in a statement. “Our campaign is leaner and more efficient, like our government should be.”
Trump raised $3.1 million in May and finished the month with only $1.3 million in the bank. Clinton, meanwhile, raised $26.4 million over the same period and had $42.5 million on hand.
Trump essentially locked up the GOP presidential nomination on May 3 after winning the Indiana primary and knocking Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump in campaign mode at NRA convention Trump’s hands are tied on 9th Circuit Schumer: Trump's handling of North Korea 'all wrong' MORE (Texas) out of the race.
But in a statement released on Tuesday, Trump argued that “June represents the first full month of fundraising activity for the campaign” and that next month’s FEC filing should be used as a benchmark.
The campaign held its first fundraiser on May 25 and only recently began sending out fundraising appeals over email.
Trump recently completed a string of fundraisers in Georgia, Texas and Arizona, and he claims to have raised about $12 million on that swing.
“To date, the campaign’s fundraising has been incredible, and we continue to see a tremendous outpouring of support for Mr. Trump and money to the Republican Party,” Trump said. “The positive response to our fundraising efforts so far is a further indication that the country does not want yet another corrupt politician like Crooked Hillary.”