Trump signs GOP’s 2016 pledge to back nominee

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(Image: WND)

Donald Trump has pledged “allegiance to the Republican party” and vowed not to run as an independent candidate.

“The best way for the Republicans to win is if I win the nomination and go directly against whoever [The Democrats] put up and for that reason I have signed the pledge,” the billionaire told a crowd in New York City on Thursday, the Washington Times reported.

“So, I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican party and the conservative principles for which it stands, and we will go out and we will fight hard and we will win. We will win, and most importantly we will make our country great again.”

Trump has refused for weeks to definitively rule out a third-party run, much to the chagrin of the the Republican National Committee. He was the only candidate at Fox’s GOP debate last month who said he would not be willing to agree to such an agreement.

“If I’m the nominee, I will pledge I will not run as an independent,” Trump added, the newspaper reported.