Sunday 23 July 2017

'Terrific' Palin gets the Trump seal of approval

Rachael Alexander in Washington

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.

Ms Palin, the former Republican vice presidential nominee, said she and Mr Trump shared similar ideas for improving the US economy, while Mr Trump called Mrs Palin a "terrific woman and a terrific friend" whom he hoped would seek the Republican presidential nomination.

Their 15-minute meeting, part political tete-a-tete and part reality TV show, capped the third day of Ms Palin's bus trip through historic sites along the East Coast.

Ms Palin has said she is considering joining the field of Republican candidates vying to challenge President Barack Obama next year.

The meeting is bound to fuel further speculation that she is about to throw her hat into the ring.

Earlier, Ms Palin, her husband, Todd, and several family members toured sites in Pennsylvania, including the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield and Philadelphia's Independence Hall.

Mr Trump, the multimillionaire host of the reality show 'Celebrity Apprentice' who mused about a presidential bid himself before dropping out of the running earlier this month, made headlines painting the US as a country in decline.

He criticised China for unfair trade practices and said the US under Barack Obama had become a "laughing stock" to the rest of the world.

Ms Palin apparently heeded those words, saying she and Mr 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," Ms Palin told reporters outside 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," Ms Palin said.

Mr Trump demurred when asked if he would support a Palin presidential candidacy.

"She didn't ask me for that. She came up as friends," Mr Trump said. "She's a great woman, a terrific woman and a terrific friend. I'd love her to run."

Ms Palin added, "We both agree that competition is good and the more folks in that primary, the better."

After the meeting, Mr Trump and his wife, Melania, rode in a stretch limousine with Ms Palin, her parents and her youngest daughter Piper to have dinner at a pizza restaurant in Times Square.

The Palins planned to visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty this morning.

Emails

In a separate development yesterday, the state of Alaska announced that it is poised to release 24,199 pages of emails sent and received by Ms Palin while she was governor.

It is withholding or redacting some of the emails for reasons including attorney-client, work product, or executive privilege.

The emails cover the first 21 months of Ms Palin's tenure, ending in September 2008. That's when news organisations and citizens first requested her emails, in the throes of her failed vice presidential bid.

A public records official has said emails for the rest of her term were requested subsequently and likely would be part of another batch. Ms Palin resigned in July 2009.

Irish Independent

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