0911 GMT February 17, 2020
“Better hope I’m president,” Trump said Tuesday during a victory speech at the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, New York, celebrating his projected wins in five more primary contests.
The New York businessman acknowledged his role as the presumptive GOP nominee, saying “Tonight we close one chapter in history, and we begin another ... We're going to lead the Republican Party to victory this fall.”
Trump then directed some of his most ruthless attacks against Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, accusing them of making a fortune through selling political favors.
“The Clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves. They've made hundreds of millions of dollars selling access, selling favors, selling government contracts, and I mean hundreds of millions of dollars,” the real-estate mogul said.
He then focused on Clinton’s email fiasco, saying that the former first lady put the country’s security at risk and is somehow evading legal action while receiving full protection from President Barack Obama.
“Secretary Clinton even did all of the work on a totally illegal private server. Something that how she's getting away with nobody understands. Designed to keep her corrupt dealings out of the public record, putting the security of the entire country at risk, and a president in a corrupt system is totally protecting her. Not right,” Trump noted.
During her tenure as the top US diplomat between 2009 and 2013, Clinton sent and received more than 30,000 emails using a private email server at her home in New York, 2,100 of them classified.
Obama has on several occasions hinted at backing Clinton’s White House bid and his administration has gone as far as blocking the release of significant documents in the email case.
While promising to give a “major speech” against Clinton next Monday, Trump accused the former secretary of state of turning her department into a “private hedge fund.”
“The Russians, the Saudis, the Chinese, all gave money to bill and Hillary and got favorable treatment in return. It's a sad day in America when foreign governments with deep pockets have more influence in our own country than our great citizens,” he explained.
The former reality TV star also accused Hillary and her husband of backing international trade deals that only benefited themselves and not the American people.
Trump, who became the party’s presumptive nominee early in May, won all the five GOP primary contests— New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, Montana and California—on Tuesday.
Clinton, meanwhile, only became the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee on Tuesday, after defeating Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in six close primary contests, reportedly reaching the party’s 2,383-delegate threshold.