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 GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE, Jeb Bush, Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine Senate eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff To counter China, the Senate must confirm US ambassadors MORE, Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan To counter China, the Senate must confirm US ambassadors The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown 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.