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Donald Trump and Sarah Palin have a pizza summit in New York

May 31, 2011 |  7:02 pm

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Donald Trump and Sarah Palin dined on cheese and pepperoni pizza Tuesday evening in Manhattan, flanked by reporters and several loved ones.

According to news reports (yep, this is news), Palin invited the real estate mogul and his wife to La Famiglia, a pizza chain that can be found in several airports around the country and even at Six Flags.

The former Alaska governor, who had spent the day traveling in a bus from Pennsylvania with some of her family, arrived at the tycoon's 30,000-square-foot penthouse via a chauffeured SUV.  After a short visit, the pair emerged with Palin's daughter Piper, husband, Todd, and Trump's wife, Melania.

Once at the eatery, a section of the restaurant was cordoned off for the Palin-Trump party.

Palin ate her pizza with her hands, the billionaire used a fork, it appears, in photos snapped by NBC.

Other than how they eat pizza, the media-savvy Republicans say they have a lot in common in regards to improving the country.

"What do we have in common? Our love for this country, a desire to see our economy put back on the right track," Palin told reporters. "To have a balanced trade arrangement with other countries across this world so Americans can have our jobs, our industries, our manufacturing again. And exploiting responsibly our natural resources. We can do that again if we make good decisions."

Would Trump, who recently announced that he would not seek the GOP nomination, give his support to Palin if she ran?

"She's a great woman, a terrific woman and a terrific friend. I'd love her to run," Trump said.

In April, Palin defended Trump's questioning of President Obama's birth certificate.

"He's merely answering reporters' questions about his view on the birth certificate, and then reporters turn that around and say that's all he's got," the former Alaska governor said on the "Hannity" show.  "Donald Trump is running on the issue, bottom line, that President Obama is so far over his head."

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-- Tony Pierce
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