A top fundraiser for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's presidential campaign met with rival Donald Trump on Monday, The Wall Street Journal
reports, but what happened in the meeting – and who requested it – is a matter of debate between the two parties.
Anthony Scaramucci, Walker's national finance co-chairman, told the Journal that Trump tried to get him to defect to the Trump campaign, but Scaramucci told him that wasn't going to happen.
Trump said it was the other way around.
"He wants to drop Walker and go with me," the Journal quoted Trump. "He wants to endorse me. He said, 'I want to drop Walker and endorse you.'"
"What I said to him again today is that I love him as a guy, but I’m loyal to Scott Walker," Scaramucci countered. "That does not detract from my friendship with him, but can he please stop railing on the hedge-fund industry?"
Scaramucci is managing partner of investment firm SkyBridge Capital, and said he met Trump at his Trump Tower office as a representative of the hedge fund industry, not as a part of Walker's campaign.
Trump attacked hedge funds Sunday on "Face the Nation," saying, "the hedge-fund guys didn’t build this country. These are guys that shift paper around and they get lucky."
Scaramucci shot back on Monday, telling Fox Business Network he wasn't afraid to face Trump as some politicians are.
Trump told the Journal that Scaramucci requested the meeting last week over Trump's hedge-fund attacks, but Scaramucci said it was Trump who requested the meeting this morning after the Fox Business appearance.
"I watch this guy talking badly about me in the morning, and two hours later he’s in my office telling me I’m the smartest guy he knows," Trump said.
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