In his first late night appearance since Tuesday’s debate in Las Vegas, Donald Trump admitted he can be a little divisive when it comes to his fellow candidates.
But he doesn’t want people to mistake the attacks on his rivals as a betrayal to the Republican party. Trump told late night host Jimmy Kimmel he really wants to see the party unified.
“We have to get together to get this thing done,” he told Kimmel.
Trump, who appeared calm and restrained during Wednesday’s three-segment interview, said he believes Jeb Bush is having a hard time running his campaign. Bush has been a frequent target of Trump since campaigning began. The two exchanged heated blows during the debate with Bush calling Trump "a chaos candidate.” Trump shot back Tuesday night, pointing to Bush’s low numbers in the polls.
“I defined him. I gave him this term, ‘low energy,’” Trump said. “We do not need in this country low energy. We need high energy.”
Trump said he had a great time during the debate, comparing it to the Superbowl. Despite the friction between the candidates on stage, he did reveal that candidates end up getting personable during the commercial breaks.
"You're like, 'where are you going for dinner?'" he said. "It's all politics."
Kimmel asked the GOP frontrunner about some of the issues the candidates discussed during the debate, including Trump’s remarks about redirecting money spent on the war to building roads and schools, which Carly Fiorina dubbed “anti-Republican.”
“I do the right thing. I say the right thing. Maybe that’s why I resonate,” he answered, referring to his popularity with some voters.
Trump has consistently topped the polls, with the candidate reaching a 41 percent approval rating in the recent Monmouth University poll.
Trump also addressed some of his more controversial comments, including his calls to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. Trump said he stood by his plans to build a wall with a "big, beautiful door" across the country’s southern border and to encourage those looking to come to the U.S. to do so legally.
“Did anyone stop you from saying we should ban Muslims?” Kimmel asked the GOP frontrunner, referring to comments he made following the Paris attacks on Nov. 13 and San Bernardino massacre.
“I said temporarily ban,” he answered. Referring to the recent attacks, Trump said he believes his ban would help address the “real problem” of extremism that he feels is plaguing the country.
When asked whether his rhetoric is helping to fuel recruitment for extremist groups like ISIS, Trump disagreed.
“I don’t buy that argument.”
And what of his health?
Trump said he discussed his medical history with his physician, saying his doctor agreed he would be the healthiest president ever.
“If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” Kimmel read from the letter released by Trump’s doctor Harold Bornstein.
“I love that,” Trump said.
Kimmel ended the interview by reading from a Dr. Seuss-style book he said he ghost-wrote under Trump's name called "Winners Aren't Losers."