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Trump: I want to raise $1B for the GOP


Donald Trump on Wednesday said he wants to raise $1 billion or more for the GOP before the presidential election.

“We’re going to try to raise over $1 billion,” he told host Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News.” “I hear the Democrats may try to raise up to $2 billion.

{mosads}“I’m not even sure that’s necessary,” Trump added of his estimate. “I have a big voice. I go onto shows like yours and speak the truth and people seem to go along with it.”

Trump said that he relishes battling Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton after eliminating the Republican presidential field and becoming the party’s presumptive nominee.

“Hillary will be a lot easier to beat than many of the governors and senators and others I have beat,” he said.

“Bernie Sanders said she is not qualified to be president because she has bad judgment,” Trump added. “I agree with that.

“Bad judgment is a couple of words we can use. We need strength in this country. She’s not going to be strong with our borders. She’s not going to be strong with ISIS.”

Trump on Wednesday said he would not entirely self-fund his general election campaign, promising that he would create a “world-class finance organization” instead.

“I’ll be putting up money but won’t be completely self-funding, as I did during the primaries,” the billionaire told The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported that Trump had lent himself $36 million out of the $47 million he spent through March.

The Journal said Trump’s campaign is cooperating with the Republican National Committee on setting up a joint fundraising vehicle. He would actively help the RNC fundraise for other GOP candidates via direct mail, events and online appeals as part of the effort.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the role of super-PACs in politics, arguing that they bind lawmakers to wealthy special interests.

Tags Bernie Sanders campaigns Donald Trump Fundraising GOP Hillary Clinton Republicans

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