“I’m not talking about looks. I’m talking about persona,” Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day.”
That’s how Trump defended the remarks he made about his fellow GOP presidential contender in a Rolling Stone profile published Wednesday.
“Look at that face!” Trump said while sitting with a Rolling Stone reporter as Fiorina appeared on TV. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president.”
“I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” Trump said, according to the magazine.
Trump did not refute the accuracy of the quote.
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Fiorina declined the opportunity to punch back Wednesday night on Fox News with Megyn Kelly, perhaps preferring instead to let Trump roll around in his own controversy.
“Well,I think those comments speak for themselves,” Fiorina said. “Honestly, Megyn, I’m not going to spend a single cycle wondering what Donald Trump means.”
But then, sensing an opportunity, Fiorina added: “Maybe — just maybe — I’m getting under his skin a little bit, because I am climbing in the polls.”
Trump denied that Fiorina was getting under his skin and pivoted to skewering Fiorina’s business record.
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“She goes down as one of the worst (CEOs) ever,” Trump said, slamming Fiorina’s “terrible past” in business, including when she was fired as Hewlett-Packard’s CEO.
Fiorina laid off 30,000 employees during her time as HP’s CEO and the company’s stock value was nearly halved during her time as CEO during a controversial merger with Compaq that she led. The company’s stock value rose after Fiorina was fired.
Fiorina has often said on the campaign trail that she lost her job in a “boardroom brawl” and has defended the mass firings.
The company did double its revenue during her time as CEO, largely because of the merger.
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