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Trump Calls Merkel 'Great World Leader,' With a Caveat

The Republican nominee also held a rally, saying Bernie Sanders "sold out to the devil" by working with Hillary Clinton

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    Donald Trump spoke one-on-one with necn political reporter Alison King, calling German Chancellor Angela Merkel "a really great world leader" while noting his disagreement with her on immigration. He also said he held back from hitting Hillary Clinton for husband Bill Clinton's infidelities because daughter Chelsea Clinton was in the audience of a debate, which he claimed that every online poll said he won. (Published Friday, Sept. 30, 2016)

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held a rally in New Hampshire on Thursday afternoon at the New Hampshire Sportsplex in Bedford, where he also spoke one-on-one with necn's Alison King.

    A day after Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson couldn't name a single foreign leader at an MSNBC town hall, Trump was asked to name a world leader he admired and would like to emulate. He chose German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    "Well, I think Merkel is a really great world leader, but I was very disappointed [in] this move with the whole immigration thing," he said. "I think it's a big problem."

    He explained that he respected her but strongly disagreed with her view.

    Most Memorable Moments From 1st General Election DebateMost Memorable Moments From 1st General Election DebateHillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in the first presidential debate on Monday night. The candidates traded barbs and accusations throughout the often-tense 90 minute event at New York's Hofstra University; Clinton accused Trump of "a long record of engaging in racist behavior," referencing a justice department lawsuit accusing him of not renting apartments to African Americans. Trump mocked Clinton for her absence from the campaign trail in recent days, to which Clinton shot back that she did indeed prepare for the debate just as she has prepared to be president. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016)

    "I was always a Merkel person," he said. "But I think she made a very tragic mistake a year and a half ago."

    But Trump's praise for the German chancellor comes only nine months after he tweeted that Merkel was "ruining Germany."

    In his interview with necn, Trump also reiterated his claim that every single web poll called him the winner of Monday's debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

    "All of the online polls said that I won the debate," he said.

    Trump won a series of unscientific flash polls conducted immediately after the debate, but an NBC News|Surveymonkey poll released yesterday gave Clinton the win by a wide margin.

    Trump's visit came one day after Clinton and Bernie Sanders were at the University of New Hampshire in Durham talking about college affordability.

    At his rally, Trump referred to the Clinton-Sanders event, telling the crowd that the two Democrats "had very few people at their rally yesterday." He said Sanders "sold out to the devil" by working with Clinton to develop a higher education plan.

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    Sanders "should have just gone away" after losing the party nomination to Clinton, Trump said.

    The GOP candidate also continued to connect his plan for U.S.-Mexico border security and the heroin epidemic that's devastating many parts of the country, including New Hampshire.

    "We're going to build that wall, and we're going to stop that heroin from coming in," he said. "Stop the poison from coming in and destroying our youth and plenty of other people."

    Trump sought to link Clinton to her husband's scandal-marked presidency, telling the crowd to "remember" that the House in 1998 impeached then-President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Bill Clinton was acquitted by the Senate.

    'Late Night’: 2016 Presidential Debate'Late Night’: 2016 Presidential DebateHost Seth Meyers presides over the second presidential “debate.” Cutting clips from the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the ‘Late Night’ team portrays a second debate between the two. (Published Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016)

    Trump has made several visits to the Granite State since locking up his party's nomination. New Hampshire is seen as a key swing state in this year's presidential election.

    His running mate, Mike Pence, was just in New Hampshire on Monday.