Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said he will be a “great man for president” if elected president, after Trump’s stunning loss in November.
“I’m going to be the president of the United States,” Lewandowski told ABC News.
“If I’m going in as the vice president, I’m the president, and if I’m running for president, it’s not going to matter.”
In a statement to ABC News, Trump said he was “heartbroken” by his loss.
“But I am not a person who will accept defeat and look back,” he said.
“As President, I will always be focused on the interests of the American people and I will never, ever abandon them.
This is the best way for me to honor them and their success and defeat.
I will not be a ‘sour loser.'”
But Lewandowski, who left the campaign after a series of off-the-cuff comments, said he is not a “bad guy.”
He also said he would not quit.
“The country has given me the opportunity to run the country,” he told ABC.
“And as President, if I win, I am going to make it the best job in the world.”
Lewandowski has said that he has been the victim of an “attempted coup.”
His comments come amid a growing rift between Trump and his top aides.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged against him, despite evidence that suggests the election is not in the hands of any foreign actor.
“It was rigged, and it was a fraud,” he tweeted earlier this month.
“Trump won by nearly 3 million votes.
I won by more than 3 million.
#CrookedHillary” On Tuesday, the president took to Twitter to accuse the Democratic Party of conspiring with Russian President Vladimir Putin to “rig” the election.
“So now they talk about collusion?
So now they even want to talk about it?
What a joke,” Trump tweeted.
He also retweeted a message from the White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who tweeted: “Donald J. Trump is a great man.
But if he were to win, he would be a terrible president.”
Trump was not the only Republican candidate to lash out at the election results.
“Donald Trump is the president-elect of the united States,” Sen. Marco Rubio said in a statement.
“He will be an outstanding President.
But, we need to remember this: His victory over Hillary Clinton was an easy win for Hillary Clinton.
We will not forget that.”
On Wednesday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told reporters that Trump would continue to lead the party.
“We need to win back the White Houses of both parties and elect a Republican President and Vice President,” Priebus said.
But Democrats said Priebus’ comments did not go far enough.
“President-elect Trump has no business being a surrogate for a president who would make such a call,” Democratic National Committee spokesman Michael Baca said in an emailed statement.
The Democratic National Convention is set to take place on July 25 in Philadelphia.
The Republican National Convention will take place July 28 in Cleveland.
The RNC and Trump campaign did not immediately respond to ABCNews.com’s request for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.