'She's beautiful, but that's the least of it' Trump pays tribute to birthday girl Melania, 46, at TIME Gala before dashing across town to make GOP primary victory speech
Donald Trump won all of Tuesday's primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island
The real estate mogul celebrated his win at the glamorous TIME Gala even in New York City with wife Melania
Melania, who was celebrating her 46th birthday, wore a floor length white Mugler while her husband wore a tux
Couple made a dash across town and an outfit change before The Donald made his victory speech at Trump Towers
It's been a busy day for the Trumps. Not content with making a clean sweep in all five primary states, The Donald managed to squeeze in a red carpet event at the TIME Gala with birthday girl Melania, before an outfit change and a mad dash across town for his victory speech.
A confident Trump celebrated taking all five Northeastern states where GOP voters went to the polls by attending the TIME 100 Gala at New York City's Lincoln Center.
The billionaire real estate tycoon sported a tux as he strolled down the red carpet accompanied by his wife Melania, who looked stunning in a floor-length white Mugler dress, and sparkling shoes and purse, as she celebrated her 46th birthday.
Trump, 69, had been named by TIME magazine as one of this year's 100 most influential people in the world. The Republican front-runner was branded 'the rule breaker' by the publication.
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, who wrote his profile, praised him as a 'force of nature in business and politics' and a 'ferocious leader' who isn't afraid to challenge the status quo.
Trump, who attended the star-studded event alongside the likes of Karlie Kloss, Aziz Ansari, and Nicki Minaj, chose to pay tribute to his wife as the possibility of her becoming the next First Lady grows more realistic.
'She's got a great heart, more importantly than anything else,' Trump told PEOPLE. 'She's beautiful, but that's the least of it. But she really does have a great heart, great compassion.'
Trump added that his ambitions if he became the next president was to 'help' and 'heal the nation.'
'There is tremendous division,' he said. 'There is tremendous unemployment. And our jobs are being taken, manufacturing is leaving the country in tremendous record numbers. We're going to do a lot of things that a lot of people are going to be very happy about.'
But the evening was not over for Trump and Melania who left the glamorous soiree and rushed across Midtown to make his victory speech at Trump Towers.
By the time Trump took the podium, he had changed out of his tuxedo and back into a suit, while Melania had also made an outfit change into a long, form-fitting black number.
He took to the stage to mark his clean sweep of all five Northeastern states as he inched closer to the Republican party's presidential nomination.
'This to me was our biggest night,' Trump said. 'I consider myself the presumptive nominee.'
He also repeatedly used the victory speech to attack Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton.
'I think the only card she has is the women's card,' Trump said. 'She has got nothing else going. Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she would get 5% of the vote.'
A total of 172 delegates to the Republican National Convention were up for grabs in territory where Trump has led wire to wire in opinion polls.
Cheers erupted from the food court beneath the lobby of Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan, where his campaign was celebrating while reporters awaited a victory speech upstairs.
Rhode Island was added to Trump's victory column 25 minutes later, and Delaware 10 minutes after that, accompanied by more rounds of joyous shrieking.
Shouts of a different kind rang out 700 miles to the west where Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was hosting an election night rally in the next big battleground state, Indiana.
'You know tonight, Donald Trump is expected to have a good night,' Cruz told the crowded gym.
'Donald Trump is likely to win some states. And the media is going to have heart palpitations this evening,' he predicted.
'They're going to be excited – so very excited at Donald Trump's victories.'
Cruz claimed the fix was in.
'The network executives – are they Democrats or are they Republicans?' he asked. 'Every one of them is ready for Hillary. And Donald Trump is the one man Hillary Clinton can beat in a general election.'
'And so the media has told us the candidates in the race – the Republican and Democrat – they're both going to be New York liberals. But I got good news for you tonight: this campaign moves back to more favorable terrain.'