Donald Trump: I’m Not Ruling Out an Independent Run…For Now

Donald Trump told ABC News he has no imminent plan to rule out a third-party run

ByJonathan Karl
August 10, 2015, 4:51 PM

— -- GOP frontrunner Donald Trump told ABC News Monday he has no imminent plan to rule out a third-party run for president –- at least not yet.

For now, Trump says he is sticking with his position that he could opt for a third-party run if the Republican Party doesn’t treat him well.

“It’s absolutely possible that at some point I would change that,” Trump told ABC News over the phone, but, he added, such a change “is not imminent.”

A senior Trump adviser told ABC News Monday morning that Trump was seriously considering promising not to run as an independent if he does not win the Republican nomination.

But Trump called false any suggestion that he is on the verge of making such a pledge, which he refused to make at the start of last Thursday’s first GOP debate.

Trump added he is not concerned by suggestions the Republican Party could exclude him from future debates if he doesn’t pledge not to run as a third party candidate.

“I might like that, by the way,” Trump told ABC News of the possibility he would be excluded from debates authorized by the Republican National Committee. “People would be very incensed if that happened.”

For now, Trump says he is quite happy with how party leaders have been treating him and doubts they would even try to ban him from future debates if he fails to rule out a third party run.

“We have a great relationship with the RNC,” Trump told ABC News. “[RNC Chairman] Reince Priebus could not be nicer.”

Trump also said he is not surprised by his continued success in the polls, saying he is confident he will win the Republican nomination or come very close.

“My life has not been about losing,” Trump said. “I’ve won all my life. Why wouldn’t I win now?”

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