A top aide to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE said on Thursday that the Republican presidential front-runner has not ruled out taking large contributions from political donors in the general election.
Paul Manafort made the comments, first reported by Buzzfeed, in a radio interview with Laura Ingraham after she asked how he planned on financing the campaign going forward.
“Well the point is that Donald Trump has been making on the campaign trail is that he’s financing his own campaign,” he said. “That’s very important for him to say now in his mind because he wants people to know that he owes nobody anything other than the American people, or the voters who are picking, choosing his candidacy.”
“When it comes to the general election, we are no longer running as an individual, we are running as the head of a ticket. And so the party itself will be doing some things to raise money, and Mr. Trump has indicated that he’d be willing to help the party. But as far as he himself is concerned — but his point is he wants to make sure that he’s not beholden to anyone but the American people.”
The front-runner’s campaign is currently funded largely by loans from Trump and small donations from supporters.
Manafort denied that Trump had decided his campaign finance strategy for the general election.
“No, what I’m talking about now is the ramp up to the convention itself, and after he is the presumptive nominee, some of the things that they do,” he said. “He hasn’t made any decisions yet. He has basically said, ‘I am only running my campaign right now, I’m not taking money from anybody, and I’m not going to take any money from anybody.’ Whether, how he will participate, in a broader context is yet to be determined.”