(CNN) – Donald Trump said Monday he spoke with Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on the phone and the two had "great conversations."
"I'm sort of proud of him," Trump said on Fox News. "I mean he's doing well, he's doing a good job and we'll see what happens."
Trump, who flirted with a bid for the White House earlier this year, said it is early in the 2012 campaign, but that Perry has "a great voice." He added that Perry called him after his presidential announcement.
The longest serving governor of Texas has risen to the top of recent national 2012 polls after a late entry into the presidential field.
When asked what they discussed during their talk, Trump said China and jobs, two issues that were constants while he mulled a run.
"I think he likes my views on China. I think he likes what I'm saying about other countries just absolutely ripping this nation," Trump said.