Presumptive GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE played coy when asked if he’ll serve as president if elected.
“I’ll let you know how I feel about it after it happens,” he said in an interview with The New York Times following a question about a scenario in which he defeats presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE but then forgoes taking office.
Though, as the newspaper wrote, it is “entirely possible that Mr. Trump is playing coy to earn more news coverage.”
During the beginning of Trump's presidential campaign, many raised questions about whether he was a serious competitor. But the candidate beat out a slate of competitors to eventually become the party's presumptive nominee.
“I’ve actually done very well,” Trump said. “We beat 18 people, right?”
Stuart Stevens, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney in 2012, called Trump a "con man who is shocked his con hasn't been called" when told about the billionaire's comment on whether he’d serve if elected president.
“He has no sense of how to govern,” Stevens said. “He can’t even put together a campaign.”
Still, Roger Stone, a long-time strong Trump supporter, said if Trump is elected president, he would "certainly serve."
"I’m fairly certain about that. You think he’d resign? I don’t see that happening," he said.
"There is only one star in the Donald Trump show, and that’s Donald Trump.”
A spokesman for the Republican National Convention also called the suggestion Trump might not serve "silly."
"He's in it to win it," spokesman Sean Spicer said.