Trump reiterates possibility of running as an independent after dinner with ‘Jim’ Perry

Steven Nelson Associate Editor
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Billionaire businessman Donald Trump dined with Texas Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday night in New York City. The following day, Trump praised presidential candidate “Jim” Perry and said he was “impressed with him.”

Trump, who toyed with running in the Republican primary earlier this year, also said that he would run as an independent candidate for president if Republicans chose “the wrong candidate” and if the country’s economic situation did not improve.

The “Celebrity Apprentice” star said he had met “pretty much everybody” seeking the Republican nomination for president. “They’re terrific,” he said.

One candidate who he has not met with is Texas Rep. Ron Paul, but Trump volunteered, “I like Ron Paul very much.” (RELATED: Donald Trump at CPAC: Ron Paul ‘has zero chance of getting elected’)

The businessman said that he would fix the economy by stopping China “from pillaging our country,” adding, “What OPEC’s getting away with is amazing.”

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