Donald Trump told The New York Times
that if his former rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, do not endorse him, they should not be allowed to speak at the Republican National Convention.
"If there's no endorsement, I would not invite them to speak," Trump said, adding that his supporters would not approve of attempts to derail the billionaire developer's nomination at the convention.
"You mean to tell me we're going to get the largest vote in the history of Republican primaries, and now the same people that either didn't run or got beaten in a landslide are going to try and back-end?" Trump said, according to the Times.
"My supporters are tremendously loyal to me. They would not stand for it."
Trump might not have a say in whether Cruz or Kasich speak at the convention, the Times reports. According to party rules, since Cruz obtained a majority of delegates in at least eight states, he would probably be allowed a chance to speak.
The presumptive GOP nominee may be finding it difficult to get speakers for the convention. Politico interviewed
more than 50 well-known Republicans and many have said they would not be attending.
Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love
said, "I see no upsides to it."
Trump's three children are expected to get prime-time speaking roles, but aside from them, it's still unsure.
One GOP fundraiser told Politico a convention appearance is valuable to a political career. "The exposure has enormous upsides for someone who performs well," Fred Malek said. "This is the Republican convention, not the Trump convention.
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