"I have absolutely no intention of paying myself back for the nearly $50 million I have loaned to the campaign,” Trump said in a statement this afternoon.
“This money is a contribution made in order to Make America Great Again.”
Trump has said from the beginning of his campaign that he would self-fund it and would not accept or seek out contributions. Since defeating his GOP rivals, however, Trump has said he will fundraise in order to build a war chest to take on the Democratic nominee.
He has touted his "self-funding" on the stump for the past 11 months.
In a video his campaign posted previously to Facebook, Trump said spending his own money will keep him from becoming indebted to special interests. "It's something I don't know that I'm given proper credit for, but you know what, I feel better about it because nobody has me,” he says. “I'm working for you."
In recent weeks, Trump's campaign has built a finance team with well-known Republican fundraisers. Sources within the Trump campaign expect he will begin fundraising events within the next few weeks.