ABC News’ Jen Wlach reports:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry will meet with real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump in New York on Wednesday, ABC News has learned.
After speaking this morning to a conservative Christian audience in Virginia at Liberty University, Perry will attend fundraisers in Virginia, before heading to New York for his private sit down with The Donald and more fundraisers, according source familiar with the meeting.
Trump caused a stir when he considered his own presidential bid earlier this year. He ultimately decided not to run, but has tried to continue to influence politics, offering advice to Republicans from Youtube and on Twitter. Trump has not ruled out running for president as an Independent.
“I think he’s a very impressive guy. I’ve spoken to him a number of times,” Trump said of Perry in an recent interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I think he’s a very impressive guy with a very good record.”
Trump defended some of Perry’s more controversial comments on the campaign trail, including his statement that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s actions were borderline “treasonous”
“I think he’s very ready. He’s been governor of Texas for a long time. Texas has done very well. I think he’s very ready,” Trump said. “He’s a tough guy. He’s a smart guy and…like everybody else in this country. We’re all frustrated. He’s very frustrated and he’s probably angry. So I think he has the right to show some emotion.”
In addition to their meeting today, Perry and Trump have at least one other thing in common. They have both been at the top of Republican presidential polls. Trump was riding high earlier this year before ending the first phase of his flirtation with a White House run. Now it’s the Texas governor who is out in front of rivals like Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann.
It will evidently be a busy evening for Trump, who tweeted on Wednesday: “I’m looking forward to seeing you all this afternoon at Macy’s Herald Square. 5:30 pm at the Crystal department on 8.”