Exclusive: Trump Talks to Priebus

By Maggie Haberman
|  Friday, Apr 8, 2011  |  Updated 6:51 AM EDT
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Trumps Chats With RNC Chair

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Donald Trump chatted with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus Thursday afternoon, a phone call that fell a day after national polling showed The Donald tied for second place nationally in the GOP 2012 field, sources told POLITICO.

The sources described it as an introductory discussion between Trump, who’s making increasing presidential noise, and Priebus, who is working hard to build up the national party's badly beaten coffers. It was the first time they've spoken since Trump began flirting with a 2012 presidential run two months ago.

Nonetheless, the call is validation of Trump's role on the national scene and his draw for the GOP right now, at a time when many Republicans are bemoaning their choices for 2012 and looking for something fresh.

Sources said it was a brief discussion and largely about saying an initial hello, but that it touched on Trump's strength in the recent poll.

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