Gingrich press secretary fights off Trump questions
February 2nd, 2012
12:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich press secretary fights off Trump questions

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - R.C. Hammond did not have a good morning.

A gaggle of frustrated reporters swarmed Newt Gingrich's perpetually-exhausted traveling press secretary before the candidate's Thursday morning event in Las Vegas, demanding to know why campaign advisers had erroneously informed various media outlets that business mogul and reality television star Donald Trump was set to endorse Gingrich.

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CNN broke the news Thursday that Trump will actually be endorsing Mitt Romney.

But multiple news outlets - including The Associated Press, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Politico - reported the previous evening that Gingrich would be the one to land the endorsement, citing sources inside the campaign.

Was the communications mix-up a sign of the campaign's disorganization?

Or had Trump given Gingrich assurances about his endorsement, and then backed away?

With a raft of digital audio recorders shoved in his face, Hammond refused to answer the questions.

"The only person who knows what Donald Trump is going to do today is Donald Trump," he said, repeating the line at least five different times.

When reporters continued to press, Hammond demanded to know what campaign sources had talked.

"Who are they?" he asked.

No one named names - reporters don't like to reveal their sources, after all – so Hammond, clutching his coffee, tried to meander away.

"I am not talking to you guys anymore," he huffed. "I can only say the same thing 16 times."

Still, some reporters followed, wanting more details about the Trump drama.

"I am already tired of you," he said, brushing them off. "I need to take a nap."

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Bessy

    Really, could this group get any crazier ? Now who initiated this since they all lie about everything. Heaven help us if any of them get into office.

    February 2, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    Newt is not wealthy enough for Trump to endorse.

    February 2, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Luke Brown

    Is it true that The Donald gets his hair styled by the same guy who used to do Kim Jung Il?

    February 2, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Jamie from Riverside

    These republican crazies are all the same, make up lies and then try to blame the media. Sharron Angle did the same crap to the media as well as Jan Brewer, Christine O'Donnell and that Joe Schmoe up in Alaska. Love watching them either stomp or literally run away from the reporters.

    February 2, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. jaywing

    ... and so what is the difference? Trump endorsing anyone in the GOP is meaningless. Not only is Trump's opinion meaningless, the entire GOP is meaningless.

    February 2, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. cigarman

    I will definitely vote for Rpmney now, since the Donald endorsed him. LOL

    February 2, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. rocky road

    Gingrich campaign continues to get caught in lies. Remember in SC debate where Gingrich went after john king about his second wife and announced that they had tried to get numerous witnesses on ABC but ABC wouldn't put them on. Turned out to be a lie. Now they tell the press that Trump will endorse Gingrich, another lie. As far as diridi the pro obama poster goes, please tell us what obama has done to earn another term? Frankly, i just don't see it.

    February 2, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. skippy

    There are rumblings that Romney's folks were floating the story that Trump would endorse Newt so that when he endorsed Romney, it would look more like a negative for Newt; like Trump had changed his mind and to provide more of the contrast that Trump hadn't endorsed Newt. Smart politics if that's the case.

    February 2, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Nothing new here

    And this is suppose to mean something to me?
    So... a bunch of rich tools want to pat each other on the back, and get all this free publicity to boot?
    Lame. Go away.

    February 2, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. skippy

    But I do find it humorous that people laugh at the notion of Trump running for president but Romney running is perfectly legitimate. Romney isn't running on his record as a governor because it stinks. Nobody would run for president on that record. So he is running solely on his "businessman" credentials. Trump is 10 times the businessman Romney is. Before he became a media clown, Trump was a legendary American businessman. Be honest – if you had a million dollars to invest, wouldn't you put it with Trump before you would put it with Romney? Yet we somehow think Romney is qualified to run for president but The Donald isn't? Weird . . .

    February 2, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Lindsey

    Trump is doing Romney no favor. Anyone who thinks Trump's endorsement is valuable has excrement for brains.

    Oh wait, Gingrich does. Case closed.

    February 2, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Trump likes Romney's hair more than Gingrich's hair. I think that was part of it.

    February 2, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Squigman

    Bald, ugly and backed a loser. It's always endearing when I hear that the questions have to be fought off. Why don't you creeps do something constructive. Like a real job. Maybe, just maybe some of these overpaid, underworked mouthbreathers, would see what the working people have to contend with. Until this happens, no one will catch a break.

    February 2, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Stephen in VA

    "I need to take a nap"? For serious? You'd think this guy was a Republican Congressman or something.

    February 2, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. John

    It just go to show you that No Republican know what they are doing ,or know what they are talking about.

    February 2, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Bob

    Trump,Romney,Gingrich,Obama and that other guy are all idiots. Ron Paul 2012.

    February 2, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Paul1st

    If it involves Trump, there will be drama. He knows how to play for ratings. Who knows, he may have even scored some SuperPAC dollars, too.

    February 2, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. maxdenn

    No rational and reasonable person would do two things. Give a twit about who or what Trump endorses or vote for Romney.

    February 2, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. unsub

    @ Noot

    February 2, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    Trump to Mitt...."Now that you have my endorsement let's bring up that birth certificate thing again"

    February 2, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Chris

    So one weathervane just aligned with another. Move along, nothing to see here!

    February 2, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. PoBoy

    Who cares. Why are these clowns clamoring for Ronald Rump's endorsement?

    February 2, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. clarke

    Why do politicians think endorsements are important, especially Trump?

    February 2, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. TJeff1776

    Skippy attempts to introduce some of this "conspiracy theory" type stuff. BUT how would Romney get any political points pre-empting an endorsement by Trump. Sheeeesh.....pop these accusations out of thin air.

    February 2, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. GeorgeBos95

    Not that I think Trump's endorsement is worth the hot air he blows, but Newt's camp must be sick.

    Time to pack it up, kids. Newtie's slip slidin' away.

    February 2, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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