Gingrich Leaps to Trump's Defense Someone wants an endorsement... By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Dec 5, 2011 2:33 PM CST 31 comments Comments Donald Trump smiles at left as Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich talks to media after their meeting in New York, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Newser) – Newt Gingrich must really, really want that oh-so-important Donald Trump endorsement. After meeting with the Donald for almost an hour today, Gingrich defended Trump from Ron Paul's recent dig regarding the "circus-like atmosphere" of a Trump-hosted debate. Gingrich reminded those gathered that no lesser luminaries than a peanut farmer and an actor who co-starred with a chimp had inhabited the Oval Office. "This is a country of enormously wide-open talent. You know, Donald Trump is a great showman. He's also a great businessman," Gingrich said. "I think that we have to be open to new ways of doing things and new ways of approaching things." Along those lines, Trump and Gingrich announced that the Donald would be offering 10 apprenticeships to kids from a disadvantaged school in New York City. Asked why he met with Trump, Gingrich replied, "Why wouldn't you? ... He is a genuine American icon in his own right." Plus, he said, "I like being in New York at Christmas." An amusing response sent to Politico from a Paul campaign source includes this: "We do agree New York is a wonderful place to go at Christmas. We are sure two average Americans like Speaker Gingrich and Donald Trump will have a wonderful time picking out gifts for their wives. We suggest a place called Tiffany's; given their celebrity status they can probably get special deals and $500,000 lines of credit." Click to see another big endorsement Gingrich is getting, or check out Trump's own response to Paul.