Perry announced his departure from the Republican primary Friday evening just before Trump taped an appearance on “The Tonight Show” in New York City.
Business Insider asked Trump about Perry as he left the NBC studios in Manhattan.
Trump described his former opponent as a “good man.”
“It was a tough time, he’s a terrific guy. I know him from before and he was a terrific guy,” Trump said. “I wish him well. I think he’s going to have a great future.”
Perry’s exit came after he struggled to raise the money necessary to continue campaigning.
Before Perry left the race, he took several shots at Trump, who’s currently leading polls of the GOP primary field. Perry also took a thinly veiled shot at Trump when he announced his departure.
Given their history, Business Insider told Trump we were surprised to hear him say such nice things about Perry.
“Well, I’m a kind person,” Trump said.
Perry is now the first prominent Republican to drop out of the primary. Business Insider asked Trump whether he expected more of his rivals to leave the race.
“I think a lot of people are going to start dropping out,” Trump predicted.
Trump’s “Tonight Show” appearance is scheduled to air Friday night on NBC at 11:35 p.m.