During an interview this week, former President Donald Trump shutdown a demand from the Republican National Committee (RNC) that he pledge to support whomever the GOP nominates.
According to Breitbart, Trump's statement came during an interview on Wednesday with Newsmax TV host Eric Bolling.
Bolling at one point brought up the possibility of Trump participating in a televised debate with other Republican candidates that will be broadcast by Fox News on August 23.
"The only reason I say this, I put a poll up on Twitter. At least two-thirds of the people don’t want you to do the debate because they feel it could be a setup. Are you concerned about Fox setting you up?" the host asked.
"Well, when you’re at 75, 78, 80%, and other guys are 0, 1%, 2%, 3%, you do say, 'What’s the upside? Am I going to go up one point?'" Trump replied.
"But they could go up, you know. They’re not dumb people. They’re senators. They’re governors. They’re intelligent people. You have some very good people," he continued.
However, Trump noted that he has "a problem with the debate for another reason," adding, "I wouldn’t sign the pledge."
"Why would I sign a pledge if there are people on there that I wouldn’t have? I wouldn’t have certain people as, you know, somebody that I’d endorse," the former president insisted.
Trump went on to say that he "can name three or four people that I wouldn’t support for president," a fact which he called "a problem right there."
"Somebody like Asa Hutchinson, who’s polling at zero, will ask me nasty questions," Trump said later when prompted by Bolling to name candidates he wouldn't support.
"Somebody like Chris Christie, he’s polling at 1% and he’s going to ask me nasty questions, and others too," the former president went on to say.
However, Trump did voice praise for some of the Republican contenders, including South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, both of which he described as being "very nice."
Another juncture in the interview, Trump declared, "We need people of stature, we need people that are brave, we need people that are patriots, we don't need cowards because we're fighting a radical left fringe in this country."
Former President Donald Trump: "We need people of stature, we need people that are brave, we need people that are patriots, we don't need cowards because we're fighting a radical left fringe in this country."@ericbolling pic.twitter.com/iJ2ZYcGkJ5
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