TRUMP THUMPS RICKETTS

Don­ald takes swing at Cubs own­ers, praises Ditka as he brings cam­paign to Chicago next Fri­day

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Don­ald Trump is com­ing to town.

Sneed has learned GOP pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Don­ald Trump brings his political jug­ger­naut to Chicago next Fri­day night.

“I’m plan­ning to give a speech and stay at my world fa­mous ho­tel, the Trump Tower,” Trump told Sneed while he­was on his pri­vate jet en route to Michi­gan Fri­day af­ter­noon.

“I love Chicago. I love Mike Ditka. I love my ho­tel . . . the Trump Tower, which is No 1. We are No. 1. No. 1. And how about my polls. Amaz­ing, huh?”

Trump also ad­dressed grow­ing dis­cord over news the Ricketts fam­ily, which owns the Chicago Cubs, is spend­ing big bucks to fund anti-Trump ads.

“I think the Ricketts fam­ily should be spend­ing their time try­ing to de­velop a cham­pi­onship team and less time try­ing to de­mean Don­ald Trump,” he told Sneed.

“They should spend less time wor­ry­ing about me. They don’t know me.”

In the newanti-Trump ad, which is run­ning na­tion­ally aswell as in Illinois, Trump Univer­sity is hit. “Don­ald Trump be­longs in 3 a.m. in­fomer­cials ,” not the White House, a nar­ra­tor says in the ad.

Sneed also asked Trump about spec­u­la­tion New Jersey Gov. Chris

Christie, who stun­ningly pledged his troth to Trump, might be his choice for the vice pres­i­dent.

“I’mnot con­sid­er­ing any­body right now. Right now I am just fo­cus­ing on be­com­ing the pres­i­dent, win­ning the elec­tion.

“Then we’ll see who that will be.”

Af­ter the phone call, the Trump cam­paign posted de­tails of the Fri­day event on their web­site: it’s at 6 p. m. Fri­day at the UIC Pav­il­ion.

Stay tuned for the full in­ter­view in Sneed’s col­umn Sun­day.

TRUMP ON THE RICKETTS FAM­ILY: “I THINK THE RICKETTS FAM­ILY SHOULD BE SPEND­ING THEIR TIME TRY­ING TO DE­VELOP A CHAM­PI­ONSHIP TEAM AND LESS TIME TRY­ING TO DE­MEAN DON­ALD TRUMP.’’

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