Donald Trump was turning his attention to the forthcoming battle with Hillary Clinton after all-but landing the Republican nomination for the presidency. The billionaire tycoon said he was eyeing up potential running mates and was thinking about how to fund the next round of his run for the White House after seeing off main rival Ted Cruz. After pouring tens of millions of dollars of his own money into the campaign, he said he would probably start accepting small donations. He also insisted he would be able to unite the party behind his campaign.
He is a tough, smart guy, and he has got an amazing future. I want to congratulate Ted. I know how tough it is.
Donald Trump strikes a more conciliatory tone
Earlier, the chairman of the Republican National Committee has declared Mr Trump the party’s “presumptive nominee” after the property mogul’s resounding victory in Indiana. The drubbing prompted Mr Trump’s chief rival Ted Cruz to announce he was ending his campaign - leaving Ohio governor John Kasich as the businessman’s only remaining challenger. Mr Cruz told supporters in Indianapolis: “We left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we’ve got but the voters chose another path." On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton was narrowly defeated by rival Bernie Sanders, who vowed to fight on despite being mathematically out of the race.
The Clinton campaign thinks this is over. They’re wrong.