Lynchburg, Virginia (CNN) - As one Republican advised Donald Trump to stop questioning President Obama's birthplace – another Republican laughed off Trump's queries and said Friday that the real estate mogul is "inventive" as he "hangs out" in the Republican Party.
After speaking at a conservative conference at Liberty University, Newt Gingrich spoke about the reality TV star turned potential GOP presidential candidate. One question he was asked: what does he think of Trump saying he's sent investigators to Hawaii to dig into claims that the president was not born there?
"I think that 'The Donald' is such an interesting person in every way…he adds a lot to the race," Gingrich said laughing.
Then, the former House Speaker added this about Trump: "He's very inventive. And I think, frankly, for a Republican Party that's sometimes a little bit dull - having somebody like Trump hang out is going to guarantee that [the press] will have a lot more to cover."
CNN contacted Trump's office for a response. A representative said "The Apprentice" star was traveling but may respond later.
Gingrich's comments come as Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said in an interview that Trump should "not focus so much" on the "birther" issue.
Trump, who has said he is considering a presidential bid, had recently inflamed controversy by repeatedly questioning if the president was born in the United States. CNN has thoroughly debunked such questions.
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