Are Palin and Trump the Republican dream team?
Published 01/06/2011 | 09:29
Sarah Palin and Donald Trump exchanged words of admiration after a brief meeting at the real estate magnate's penthouse in a Manhattan skyscraper bearing his name before heading out for pizza.
Mrs Palin, the former Republican vice presidential nominee, said she and Trump shared similar ideas for improving the US economy, while Trump called Palin a "terrific woman and a terrific friend" whom he hoped would seek the Republican presidential nomination.
Their 15-minute meeting, part political parley and part reality TV show, capped the third day of Mrs Palin's bus trip through historic sites along the East Coast. The former governor of Alaska has said she is considering joining the field of Republican candidates vying to challenge President Barack Obama next year.
Trump, the multimillionaire host of the reality show Celebrity Apprentice who considered a presidential bid himself before dropping out of the running earlier this month, has criticised China for unfair trade practices and said the US under Mr Obama had become a "laughing stock" to the rest of the world.
Mrs Palin apparently agreed, 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," she said outside the Trump Tower, where he owns a three-floor penthouse.
"To have a balanced trade arrangement with other countries across this world so Americans 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."
Mrs Palin added, "We both agree that competition is good and the more folks in that primary, the better."
After the meeting, Trump and his wife, Melania, rode in a stretch limousine with Mrs Palin, her parents and youngest daughter Piper to have dinner at a pizza restaurant in Times Square.
Their meeting capped the third day of Mrs Palin's bus trip through historic sites along the east Coast of the United States. Mrs Palin has said she is considering joining the field of Republican candidates vying to challenge President Barack Obama next year, but has yet to set up staff in key early-voting states. Many observers have concluded that the goal of the trip is simply to maintain her profile as an author and paid speaker.
She has played cat and mouse with press trying to follow her on the trip, refusing to hand out schedules and sneaking out to see Gettysburg while her official tour bus was left behind.
Earlier in the day Palin, her husband, Todd, and several family members toured sites in Pennsylvania, including the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield and Philadelphia's Independence Hall.