After Dr. Ben Carson's endorsement of him that included saying that there are "two Donald Trumps," Trump confirmed that was indeed true during a press conference Friday in Palm Beach, Florida.
Carson officially announced he was supporting Trump for the Republican nomination on Friday, despite Trump going hard after him during the campaign, at one point likening him to a child molester. Carson said the pair had "buried the hatchet," and that in contrast to his public persona, Trump was "actually a very intelligent man."
"I've come to know Donald Trump over the last few years," Carson said. "He's actually a very intelligent man who cares deeply about America. There are two different Donald Trumps. There's the one you see on the stage and there's the one who's very cerebral, sits there and considers things very carefully. You can have a very good conversation with him, and that's the Donald Trump that you're going to start seeing more and more of right now."
After Carson spoke, Trump was asked by a reporter if he agreed with that characterization of him.
"I probably do agree. I think there are two Donald Trumps," he said. "There's the public version, and people see that, and I don't know what they see exactly, but it seems to have worked over my life, but it's probably different than the personal Donald Trump … Perhaps there are two Donald Trumps.
"I'm somebody that is a thinker. I'm a big thinker, and I have my ideas and they're strong and typically they've worked out … We have so many problems … We're going to straighten things out."
Later in the press conference, however, Trump said, "I don't think there are two Donald Trumps. I think there's one Donald Trump."
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