Despite pressure, Trump 'not going away'

2015-07-09 23:45
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Washington - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he's not going away.

A day after the Republican National Committee chair asked the reality television star to tone down his rhetoric, Trump's campaign insisted he would not back off his portrayal of Mexican immigrants as criminals.

At the same time, he vowed to file paperwork next week ensuring he would qualify for next month's Republican presidential debate on national television.

"Mr Trump said this is an issue the American people care about, and I'm going to continue to talk about it," Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said on Thursday, recounting a Wednesday conversation between Trump and RNC chair Reince Priebus.

Republican leaders worry that the outspoken businessman is hurting the party's standing with minority voters - particularly the nation's surging Hispanic population - months before voting begins in the 2016 presidential contest.

Trump described Mexican immigrants as "rapists" and "criminals" in his campaign announcement speech last month that prompted various concerned business interests to cut ties with him.

Leading Republicans were slow to condemn his remarks in recent weeks as many hoped their inattention would help him fade from the headlines. It did not.

"Priebus said, 'I'd appreciate it if you could tone down your rhetoric about illegal immigrants coming across border and killing Americans,'" Lewandowski recounted. "Mr Trump said, 'I'm going to continue to talk about illegal immigrants coming across the border.'"

Meanwhile, Lewandowski said Trump would file his personal financial disclosure next week that shows a net worth of $11bn. Such a disclosure is necessary for Republican candidates wishing to participate in the first debate on August 6, according to guidelines released by organisers on Thursday.

"It's very clear that Trump is going to be on the debate stage," Lewandowski said.

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