Asked on NBC's "Today" show whether he was confident he could unite the party, Trump responded, "I am confident that I can unite much of it. Some of it I don't want.
"There were statements made about me — those people can go away and maybe come back in eight years after we serve two terms," he added. "Honestly, there are some people I really don't want."
Trump's remarks came after the interview began with clips of former rivals, including Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDurbin: I had 'nothing to do' with Curbelo snub Republicans jockey for position on immigration Overnight Health Care: House passes 20-week abortion ban | GOP gives ground over ObamaCare fix | Price exit sets off speculation over replacement MORE, Jeb Bush, Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE, Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE and Carly Fiorina, predicting he would not become the Republican nominee.
Trump clinched the title of presumptive GOP nominee with a win over Cruz in the Indiana primary on Tuesday, forcing the Texas senator to suspend his campaign.
Trump's win in Indiana puts him on a clear path toward the nomination, with 1,047 delegates, according to The Associated Press. He needs 1,237 to clinch the nomination; without Cruz in the race, he is all but guaranteed to hit that number.
He'll likely face off against Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE, who led the businessman by 13 points nationally in a poll released Wednesday.