Donald Trump's attacks on his fellow party members is "making it hard for Republicans to come together," and he should learn to "hold back and stay on script," Republican National Committee Finance Chairman Fred Malek, said Thursday, denying that Trump attacked him even though the presumptive GOP nominee mentioned his name in his fiery press conference earlier this week.
"Unfortunately, he will will take two steps forward or two steps backward," Malek told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on the "Andrea Mitchell Reports"
program. "I don't think he meant to go out and criticize [New Mexico Gov.] Susana Martinez. Why would anyone with forethought go out and criticize the first ever Latina governor in New Mexico's history?
"Furthermore I don't think he thought it through when he attacked the judge who is hearing the Trump University case because of that person's Hispanic background."
In an opinion piece for The Washington Post
earlier this week, Malek wrote that he believes it is time for Trump to "recognize that the time for slash and burn is over. This approach worked to attract 5 percent of eligible voters, but it won't work to unify the electorate in November."
On Thursday, Malek said he wonders how Trump could think it is a good thing to attack Republicans.
"He has got to exert discipline and think things through and stay on script, and not go off on such tangents," Malek told Mitchell. "He's making it hard for Republicans to come together. Politics is a game of addition, not subtraction."
But still, Malek said he supports Trump as the GOP nominee, and believes that he is superior to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in many ways including on foreign policy.
"The one thing I know about Donald Trump is if he draws the line in the sand, he means it," said Malek. "He's not going to lead from behind; he's going to lead from the front."
And with Clinton, he said, "you're comparing four years of Hillary's failure really as secretary of state to advance our relationship in the world."
"I cannot think of a single nation other than Cuba and Iran where relationships are better than they were seven or eight years ago," said Malek. "With Donald Trump, you have somebody that tells it like it is and where I think is strong enough to stand up to the despots of the world and will do exactly what he will do."
He said he also thinks it's important to vote for Trump as a Republican because he thinks it's important to reverse "the leftward lurch of the last eight years. It is important to stop deregulation economy and distorting growth."
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