Trump: I'm Prepared to Run as Independent
'Sarah Palin wants me to run,' claims the Donald
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2011 2:37 AM CDT
Updated Jun 2, 2011 5:30 AM CDT
Donald Trump makes a point as he walks with Sarah Palin in New York City Tuesday night.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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(Newser) – Hmmm ... so that's what they were talking about. Donald Trump has flip-flopped on his presidential ambitions following his slice of pizza with Sarah Palin. Trump, who said 2 weeks ago he was choosing Celebrity Apprentice over a White House run, now says he would "absolutely" run as an independent if the Republicans end up fielding a weak candidate for president, reports the New York Daily News.

"I'd like to see what happens with the Republicans—if they get the right person. So far, I don't see it," he said, complaining about the "ridiculous timing" of the GOP's release of the Paul Ryan budget plan. "Sarah Palin wants me to run, a lot of people want me to run, and I actually think I'd be better off running perhaps as an independent," he said. Palin would "love to have me back," he claimed, although he said the two had not discussed the possibility of a Palin-Trump ticket.