NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin and Donald
Trump exchanged words of admiration
Tuesday after a brief meeting at the real
estate magnate's penthouse in a Manhattan
skyscraper bearing his name.
Palin, the former Republican vice presidential
nominee, said she and Trump shared similar
ideas for improving the U.S. economy, while
Trump called Palin a "terrific woman and a
terrific friend" who he hoped would seek the
GOP presidential nomination.
The meeting, part political parley and part
reality TV show, capped the third day of
Palin's bus trip through historic sites along
the East Coast. Palin has said she is
considering joining the field of Republican
candidates vying to challenge President
Obama next year.
Earlier, Palin, her husband, Todd, and several
family members toured sites in Pennsylvania,
including the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield
and Philadelphia's Independence Hall.
Trump, the multimillionaire host of Celebrity
Apprentice who mused about a presidential
bid himself before dropping out of the
running earlier this month, made headlines
painting the U.S. as a country in decline. He
criticized China for unfair trade practices
and said the U.S. under Obama had become
a "laughingstock" to the rest of the world.
Palin apparently heeded those words, saying
she and Trump shared a similar world view.
"What do we have in common? Our love for
this country, a desire to see our economy
put back on the right track," Palin told
reporters after a 15-minute meeting with
Trump outside the Trump Tower, where he
owns a three-floor penthouse.
"To have a balanced trade arrangement with
other countries across this world so A
mericans can have our jobs, our industries,
our manufacturing again. And exploiting
responsibly our natural resources. We can
do that again if we make good decisions,"
Trump demurred when asked if he would
support a Palin presidential candidacy.
"She didn't ask me for that. She came up as
friends," Trump said. "She's a great woman, a
terrific woman and a terrific friend. I'd love
her to run."
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