Trump defends Perry ahead of meeting
September 14th, 2011
07:19 PM ET
3 years ago

Trump defends Perry ahead of meeting

(CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump said he looked forward to meeting 2012 GOP hopeful Rick Perry-who he dined with Wednesday night-and has great respect for him along with a number of other people who have called and asked him for “a lot of different things including support.

In an interview with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer during “The Situation Room” Wednesday, Trump defended some of the longest running Texas governor’s more controversial words and actions.

On the executive order Perry signed requiring a vaccine for girls in Texas schools that guards against HPV, a virus that can cause cervical cancer, Trump said he’s “not sure if [Perry] would have done it again,” and the Texas chief executive “made a poignant statement, that he believes in saving lives,” when he spoke of the decision during CNN’s Tea Party Republican Debate Monday.

Though Perry has drawn fire for providing in-state tuition to children of illegal immigrants, Trump said he believes “you’re either a citizen of the country or you’re not,” but that he also "can understand the other side of the equation.”

And Trump finds no fault in Perry’s characterization of Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme.”

“The fact is that I’ve heard some very smart liberal friends of mine say on television it is a ‘Ponzi scheme,’” Trump countered, showing there may be few things about Perry that have rankled the mogul the way they have other conservatives.

He weighed in on the current 2012 rumor mill, agreeing that the race may be between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Perry, and possibly Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. But he doesn’t believe 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will jump in-though he “like Palin a lot,” Trump “thinks she’s not going to run.”

“But I just don’t know and nobody knows, Trump admitted. “If she’s going to do something, she’s got to do it soon.”

Palin also met with Trump during a trip to New York in June while on her bus tour of the eastern seaboard. The two talked over slices of pizza. Perry and Trump will meet at a restaurant in one of Trump’s buildings.

If he isn’t confident in the GOP’s eventual nominee, the businessman has a backup plan.

Trump boasted of his ranking as “number one in the polls” before he announced he would not seek the GOP nomination in June, but didn’t discount the possibility that he may yet have a candidacy to declare.

“If the Republicans choose the wrong candidate…and if the economy continues to be bad…I will certainly consider [running for the presidency] as an independent,” Trump confirmed.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    2 idiots teas in the same pod.

    September 14, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. eight oh eight

    The last thing Perry probably wants is support from Trump.

    September 14, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. Indy

    Trump also thinks Sarah Palin would make a fantastic President so you have to laugh at everything Trump does or says. Trump was clueless on China and OPEC so maybe Perry can stick his crotch in Trumps face and explain to him how the worldwide price of oil is set.

    September 14, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Parry and Trump are both a couple of jerks with a hair spray fetish.

    September 14, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. B

    Two of the most arrogant, mean spirited egos on the planet. They go together like Palin and Bachmann..

    September 14, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. us1776

    Moptop defends the Pretty Boy !! Awwwwh, ain't that sweet.

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    September 14, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. iTALIAN NONNO

    One con artist defending another,.. Trump is a parasite, looking to latch on to a juicy front runner for his own personal gain.

    September 14, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. Terry Moore

    Trump defending Perry......That's news ? A conservative defending another one ?

    September 14, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. Riley

    Trump will endorse Romney. AND Romney will defeat Obama soundly.

    September 14, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. Brian

    Tell me again why we think Trump's opinion is worth the web space it is reported on? Trump's as about as relevant as his comb-over on a windy day.

    September 14, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. thomas

    CNN , that is the best photo , " Donald gone Wild "!

    He "Donald Trump" would be great as the Scare Crow in the remake of the wizard of Oz.

    Rick Perry , the Cowardly Lion.

    Mitt Romney , the Tin Man

    Michele Bachmann , Dorothy

    Sarah Palin , Wicked Witch of the West .

    Newt Gingrich , The Great Wizard !

    September 14, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  12. Ted W.

    I have seen cadavers with better hair then trump. Better ideas for government also.

    September 14, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. olblugill

    Trump and Perry. Now there is a real pair of bozos.

    September 14, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Trump stated that he heard liberal friends say that Social Security is a ponzi sceme on TV. I'd like to know what show they were on and who said it. I doubt that Trump will be able to verify this lie. Besides, how many friends does Trump actually have that aren't like him?

    September 14, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. John

    This will be Like the movie Dumb and dumber. These two deserved each other. they are both IDIOT.

    September 14, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. Larry L

    How unusual... a rich man saying something nice about an unethical political weasel who built a career around sucking up to the rich and powerful. Trump could get a tip from Perry about hair styles...

    September 14, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  17. mrgmorgan56

    Well...this is a conversation between a monkey and a banana. Who wins? The clown...

    September 14, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Trump is the ultimate republican - whenever he has business dealings with anyone, he ends up richer while they end up MUCH poorer. He refuses to pay his contractors when he doesn't feel like it, he refuses to pay for his purchases because he feels that's for "lesser people" and he'll sue anyone who dares to tell him these things to his face.

    September 14, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Since when is anything these two have to say of any intelligent concern.

    September 14, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. No Amnesty for Teabaggers - Impeach Republicans

    Right wing nut birthers are out of touch with reality. Donald, this means you! You are fired, go screw up China.

    September 14, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  21. Melo-D

    Who cares?????

    September 14, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. Liberal elite=anyone with an education

    "...he believes in saving lives." BWAHAAHAAHAAA – there's at least 234 people who'd disagree with that statement.

    September 14, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  23. Clwyd

    Headline! "The two Sleezeballs come together!"

    September 14, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  24. PROUD FEMALE DEM IN NC

    Perry and Trump = Dumb and Dumber!!!! The Teapublicans are so pathetic, but I love the debates to watch them eat their own.!!!!! Obama 2012!!!

    September 14, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. Rob

    Endorsed by trump . Condolences Perry

    September 14, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
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