In a recent interview, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump lauded two of his primary opponents, going so far as saying he could see himself “supporting” one of them should he not win the GOP nomination.
On Newsmax TV’s The Steve Malzberg Show Friday, Trump said he liked former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina despite remarks the real estate mogul made about her in recent months. “Well, I like Carly. I think Carly is terrific but I’ve said what I’ve said about her,” Trump said. “She has a couple of major difficulties but I think she’s a terrific person and a terrific woman. My son knows her and likes her a lot.”
In May, Trump told The Des Moines Register that “[Fiorina’s] a nice woman.”
But she got fired viciously from Hewlett-Packard. … She was walked out of the premises, and as soon as it was announced that she’d been fired, Hewlett-Packard stock went up seven points. And then she ran against a not-popular (California Democratic U.S. Sen.) Barbara Boxer and lost in a landslide.
“She lost much of her money on that run – that’s why she carries her own bags now,” Trump added.
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Fiorina has not been hesitant to slam Trump. After the real estate mogul criticized Megyn Kelly in the aftermath of the Fox News GOP presidential debate, where Trump asserted Kelly “had blood coming out of her wherever,” Fiorina tweeted the following:
Mr. Trump: There. Is. No. Excuse.
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) August 8, 2015
The former HP executive also criticized Trump’s stance on Planned Parenthood. “There are many ways to do that, because I’m totally against the abortion aspect, but I’ve had many women, I’ve had many Republican conservative women come up and say Planned Parenthood serves a good function other than the one aspect,” Trump told Sean Hannity last Tuesday. “We have to help women.”
“Unfortunately, I think Mr. Trump is taking the Democrat Party’s talking points on Planned Parenthood,” Fiorina said on CBS News last Wednesday.
There are many other organizations that exist to help women with their health issues — pap smears, mammograms, etc. In fact, Planned Parenthood does very few mammograms, just as one example, but what they do is a whole lot of abortions.
Trump also told Malzberg Friday he could support former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush if he does not win the nomination, despite differing greatly on a number of issues. “I could certainly see myself supporting him because I think he’s a good person,” Trump said. The former host of NBC’s The Apprentice went on to articulate his concerns with Bush:
I’ve expressed difficulty with Jeb. He’s in favor of Common Core which is a disaster. He’s very weak on immigration, very, very weak on illegal immigrants coming into the country. Very weak and that bothers me.
He used the expression, people come as an act of love. Tell the families that were devastated by people that come in illegally and the illegal immigrants kill members of families, tell them it’s an act of love.
He’s got some big problems. I like him. I met him, really, I met him years ago but for the first time in a long time I met him the other day on the stage and he’s a nice person, but we need a person with high energy to turn this country around.
h/t: The Gateway Pundit
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