By Geneva Sands - 10/17/11 05:07 PM EDT
Business mogul Donald Trump said he is honored to be hosting a town-hall-style conference call with Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann tonight, but seemed unsure that he was in fact participating until this morning.
"It's called a modern-day town-hall meeting, right? And I said, 'I guess I could.' I didn't even know I was doing it till you just told me … but that's OK," said Trump on "Fox and Friends" Monday.
Trump then said it was his "honor" to participate in the event.
The host of the reality TV show "The Apprentice" will join the Minnesota congresswoman Monday night for what is being billed as national 'tele-town-hall' meeting, in which they will take questions from the audience. Bachmann announced the call-in town hall in an email to supporters Sunday night.
Trump told Fox News that Bachmann asked if he would participate in the public discussion during their meeting last Thursday in New York.
"This is an incredible opportunity for you and everyone from Team Bachmann to hear from a businessman who knows firsthand that Barack Obama's failed policies are crippling our nation's job creators," said Bachmann in her email to supporters.
Trump also weighed in on presidential hopeful Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan, saying it offers a simple approach to tax code reform.
"One of the reasons he [Cain] is doing so well is he has a plan and it's a simple plan. It doesn't have to be complicated," said Trump.
Meeting with Trump has become an unexpected stop on the campaign trail for the leading GOP contenders. In addition to Bachmann, he has met with Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Trump, who toyed with running for office earlier this year himself, has yet to endorse any of the candidates.
For more details on tonight's Trump/Bachmann call-in conference call, click here.