Donald Trump has been declared the Republican party’s presumptive nominee for the forthcoming US general elections after his main challengers, Ted Cruz and John Kasich threw in the towel.
Cruz dropped out after losing the Indiana primaries to Trump while Kasich is being reported to have suspended his own campaign. He is expected to address the press sooner than later.
Trump, after the Indiana victory, gathered 1,047 delegates of the 1,237 needed to clinch the nomination.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called Trump the party’s presumptive nominee in a tweet and said, “We all need to unite and focus” on defeating Clinton.
The former reality TV star himself called for unity in a speech at a victory rally that was free of his usual bombast and flamboyance. His only “enemy” now is Hillary Clinton who is favourite to beat Bernie Sanders to the Democrats nomination.
Turning the fire on Clinton, Trump said last night:
“We’re going after Hillary Clinton. She will not be a great president, she will not be a good president, she will be a poor president. She doesn’t understand trade.”