Former president Donald Trump issued a statement on Thursday that must have left many of his rivals shocked and his supporters adoring him.

According to Breitbart News, reports emerged on Thursday that the Republican National Committee (RNC) would formally declare the former president the Republican Party’s 2024 presumptive nominee following his record-breaking victory in the Iowa and New Hampshire caucuses.

The former president responded to those reports on his Truth Social, urging the RNC not to move forward with the plan.

“While I greatly appreciate the Republican National Committee (RNC) wanting to make me their presumptive nominee, and while they have far more votes than necessary to do it, I feel, for the sake of party unity, that they should not go forward with this plan, but that I should do it the ‘Old Fashioned’ way, and finish the process off at the ballot box,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “Thank you to the RNC for the respect and devotion you have shown me! TRUMP2024.”

According to CNN, Trump would have access to the RNC’s data operation and benefit from fundraising with the RNC if he became the presumptive nominee. The former president would also have the support of all of the committee’s ground operations. The declaration would also mean the RNC is formally declaring support for Trump and opposing former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

The declaration, an unprecedented break from the party’s past approach to the nominating process, would still require Trump to reach the delegate requirements necessary to win the Republican nomination.

Haley has faced fierce calls from Republicans, including RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, to drop out of the race. McDaniel, in a Fox News interview, said she doesn’t see how Haley can defeat the former president.

“Looking at the math and the path going forward and I don’t see it for Nicki Haley. I think she ran a great campaign. The message from the voters is clear,” said McDaniel. “We need to unite around our eventual nominee, which is going to be Donald Trump.”

Haley has, however, refused to quit the race. The former GOP governor suggested she could defeat the former president despite losing to him in Iowa and New Hampshire.

“I have news for all of them. New Hampshire is first in the nation. It is not the last,” Haley said. “This race is far from over. There are dozens of states left to go, and the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina.”