GOP frontrunner Donald Trump said Friday he'd "absolutely" hire another top-tier candidate, Ben Carson, to be part of his administration, but he didn't say in what position the retired neurosurgeon, who is in second place behind him in the polls, would end up.
"I would love to have that," he told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show, pointing out that he doesn't know if Carson would be a tough negotiator because he "would say it's not his wheelhouse."
But in "certain elements of administration," Carson would be "very good," Trump said.
He described Carson as being "a nice man" with whom he has a "good relationship."
"I'm sure he'll hit me," said Trump. "So far, we've had a good relationship."
Also, he said he believes Carson is qualified to be the president, because "if he's running and if he wins, he's qualified; that's the way the system works," but Carson or anyone else will not "be able to do the job I'm going to do."
The polling has been "amazing" for both men, Trump said, and when you add the numbers together, "in some cases you're up to 55 to 60 percent."
Also on the program, Trump was asked for reaction to comments made about him by Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in an upcoming interview for the Rev. Al Sharpton's new news program, "PoliticsNation," which will premiere on Sunday at 8 a.m.
When Sharpton said the words "Donald Trump" to Clinton, she replied that he is a "demagogue" and that his "demagoguery" is no longer amusing, and she thinks he is "dangerous" because he taps into negativity.
"She used to call me a genius," said Trump. "I've come a long way down. She was always very nice and everything. I guess it's a different world today. She's got problems and I would always be nice because I was a businessman and successful person and I was nice to everybody regardless.... Hillary now is going at it too. You know, you have to take it as it is."
Also on Monday, he talked about his growing arguments with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who he leads in polls by double-digit amounts.
"I was getting along very nicely with him, and then about two weeks ago all of the sudden he starts hitting me, verbally, and I took it to him but I had no choice," said Trump. "The nice part is every single person so far that's hit me is either out of the campaign or has dropped so severely. I don't know what's going on but I never attack first. I would like to see the Republican Party get along."
He also talked about the statement made by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who implied Tuesday that the House Select Committee on Benghazi's investigation has caused Clinton's poll numbers to drop.
"He's got his view and other people – obviously the Democrats are running and Hillary, in particular is running with it," Trump said. "It would have been nice if you didn't say it, certainly. There would be no dispute and you get on with Benghazi as a serious group of people that had been working for a long time."
Trump continued that McCarthy's statement hurt him badly in some people's eyes, and that he thinks the eventual House speaker needs to be "very tough" and negotiate with the Democrats.
"I don't know that he's that person," said Trump. "We need somebody who is a very, very tough, smart cunning person. I don't know that that's him."
Trump also reiterated his doubts about the flow of refugees leaving Syria and heading into Europe, and said he is worried about the growing numbers planned for transfer to the United States.
"I've watched the migration and many of the people in the migration are men – able-bodied, very strong young men.... If they're ISIS, we're allowing tens of thousands of potential ISIS fighters to come into our country," he said.
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