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Politico: Could GOP Pay Trump $150 Million to Drop Out?

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By    |   Monday, 20 Jun 2016 12:30 PM

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump was "funny" when he made an aside in a weekend speech while commenting on a news article about him taking $150 million to drop out, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski conceded on Monday, but another guest on her show, Bloomberg Politics Editor Mark Halperin, commented that Americans are ready to hear him talk about serious issues.

During a speech over the weekend, Trump ripped apart a Politico report that quoted an unnamed former campaign staffer that said the New York real estate mogul would drop out of the presidential race if someone would give him $150 million.

"I hear these like little rumors, and it's mostly the press," Trump said. "See those guys? That's the most dishonest group of human beings. One of these groups said today that Donald Trump thinks this. First of all, it's illegal. The last thing I'd do — Donald Trump may sell his campaign. May sell it. Think of it. May sell it. He wants $150 million. Can you believe this? Number one, you can't do it. Number two, you can offer me five times that amount and I wouldn't do it. One of the people supposedly quoted, he might do it for $5 billion. Now for $5 billion, I guess we have to think about it, right?"

"That was funny ... and it's fun, at times," Brzezinski said of Trump's off-the-cuff joke, and Halperin agreed that Trump is entertaining, but at the same time, "every Republican has said the same thing. He has to get away from these sidebar [comments]."

In the article, Politico quoted a former Trump adviser, who told the website, unprompted that he bets 'if someone offered him $150 million to drop out, he would. Further, the website quoted another former Trump adviser, Jim Dornan who said he believes Trump "probably" would be willing to cut a deal to leave the race, and that he thinks there would be interest in buying him out.

"The Kochs would be the first in line," Dornan said.

The comments make news and create excitement, said Halperin, but Republicans want him to "talk about changing Washington, Hillary Clinton's record, the economy, jobs, the middle class. Not this stuff."

But sometimes, such comments are more "troubling" said Brzezinski, such as his comments in Las Vegas about making America safe again "for everybody. Not just us. We want to do it for everybody. We want to help African-Americans."

He went on to talk about African-American issues, said Brzezinski, but still, "just little things could turn into bigger things."
 

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Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump was "funny" when he made an aside in a weekend speech while commenting on a news article about him taking $150 million to drop out, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski conceded on Monday, but another guest on her show,...
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