VIA| Once upon a time, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trumpboasted about his so-called “exit strategy” should his stock in the race begin to plummet.

Now, with the Iowa Caucuses just weeks away, the billionaire businessman appears to be in the race for the long haul, telling The Washington Post’s Steven Ginsberg and Robert Costa in a sit-down interview that he’s “never backing out.”

And that’s when Trump dropped the bombshell on the two WaPo reporters, adding:

“I. Will. Never. Leave. This. Race.”

The declaration came about as Trump was discussing his “you’re always a winner” philosophy with the reporters, telling them:

“I’m a deal guy. I’ve been winning all of my life.”

The billionaire businessman added that he “can handle it” if he loses a state or two along the way to the Republican nomination in 2016, putting forth his experiences as a businessman as proof.

Trump also dismissed claims Ginsberg made of his fellow primary opponents, in which they suggested that they didn’t have a strategy for beating him at the polls because they believed he would simply “go away.”

Also discussed during the wide-ranging interview was Trump’s thoughts on the deadly terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, which happened the day before the interview was conducted.


The sun rises over the Inland Regional Center on December 3, 2015 in San Bernardino, California, one day after 14 people were killed at the center. Image Credit: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation had not yet labeled the attack a terrorist incident, Trump nonetheless told Costa and Ginsberg:

“Even these two people, I figured they were crazy shooters. The guy goes to Saudi Arabia, meets a wife who is, you know, whatever.

From what I’m hearing, she’s egging him on. Telling him he’s not enough. We’ll find out what happened.

But as soon as I heard the two names I said to myself, ‘Oh no, here we go again’.”

Just four days later, Trump declared that all Muslim individuals, including those who hold American citizenship, should be banned from entering the United States.

Trump remains in first place in the race for the Republican nomination for president according to RealClearPolitics, with 29.3% support nationwide.