Trump defends Perry ahead of meeting
September 14th, 2011
07:19 PM ET
10 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. Ted Kasiewicz

    Trump supporting Perry? Go figure. Two of a kind perhaps.....losers.

    September 14, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. Mike from MN

    Trump: you were #1 in the polls when nobody cared to critique your flaws.

    Then Obama presented his birth certificate. And then Obama made fun of you at the associated press diner.

    That was when you went from #1 to #0. You saw your stock falling fast and you got out to protect your "Apprenticeship TV Show" deal with NBC.

    September 14, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. Jeff Willis

    Donald Trump is good at sizing people up. He was disappointed that Romney had nothing to say during the budget debate. What he may be indicating is Romney may not be strong enough to get things done in Washington. It will be interesting to hear how his meeting with Perry goes.

    September 14, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. frank in valparaiso

    If Donnie thinks he can put Rickie Goodhead in his pocket for 5 grand, he had better add some more zeroes on that check....

    September 14, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  5. Bryan

    Mr. Trump,

    Please run as an Independent. The 2012 election circus needs to be three rings, not just two.

    September 14, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. Minnie's Pearls

    Trump sure "hears" a lot of voices in his head. "I heard no one saw him get born. I heard my investigators are very surprised at what they're finding. I heard he wasn't a very good student. I heard that I have a fox on my head. I heard that I was running for the presidency as a joke."

    September 14, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  7. Texas Doc

    Yeah, because people love Donald Trump so much. What an endorsement!

    September 14, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  8. The Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    Typical, unintelligible, meaningless, Trump speak.

    Yawn – no wait – DOUBLE YAWN!

    September 15, 2011 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  9. steven harnack

    Oh please do run as an independent because I know that no one in the Democratic Party would ever vote for you. Run Trump run! I'll even send you a donation if you promise to run!

    September 15, 2011 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  10. MrManhattan

    With friends like Trump, who needs enemas?

    September 15, 2011 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  11. John in Brooklyn

    Both men are ideal examples of fluff over substance. I'd challenge either of them to reveal their SAT scores!

    September 15, 2011 02:47 am at 2:47 am |

    The Birther meets The Executioner. Great, just..... great.

    September 15, 2011 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  13. adam

    Fat clown still trying to get some publicity.

    September 15, 2011 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  14. desert voice (troubledgoodangel or Nathanael or Bohdan or Voiceinthedesert)

    Don't like neither Trump, nor Perry. There is spiritual ugliness written all over the faces of these people! I have nothing against ugliness as a natural malady. Such can be beautiful. Neither is fisical ugliness, mental or handicapwise ugly. But these two people are ugly in that they are political animals of the worst kind. Perry reminds me of Richard Nixon. The same character. Nixon thought that he "scored politically big, going to China." He may have, in the short run. But he erred strategically much bigger, in the long run! That is proof for me that he wasn"t atuned in spirit to God, as he needed to have been, if he ever wanted to help the Nation. That takes the ability to read the signs of the times short and long term! No! He was all about politics there and there, for personal gain. This is why I would rather have Michele Bachmann at the country's controls! There seems to be more humanity in her!

    September 15, 2011 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  15. kathy

    only 2 words come to mind YOUR FIRED

    September 15, 2011 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  16. Marie MD

    A bankrupty, trophy wife, bad hair troll coming to the aid of the super rich cowboy secessionist.

    September 15, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |

    Damage control by the Donald. Rick Bush is just getting started.

    September 15, 2011 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  18. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Two ignorant twits who have nothing to offer average Americans, the poor, the middle class and workers. This is not news, CNN, unless you've finally decided to fairly cover the GOBP's attempts to destroy America in furtherance of the insane cult of tax cuts for the ultrarich and deregulation (both proven failures).

    September 15, 2011 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
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