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Romney to meet with Trump Sept. 26

NEW YORK CITY -- A spokesman for Donald Trump tells NBC News that the real estate magnate, reality TV star and political lightning rod will meet with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in New York City next Monday, Sept. 26.

Trump, who in May decided against a run for the GOP presidential nomination himself, has met with Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry in recent weeks, as he decides who he will endorse for president.

Call it the Trump Primary.

"Whoever Trump endorses, that person will be the Republican nominee," Trump special counsel and spokesman Michael Cohen boasted in an interview. Cohen added that Trump has no set timetable for making an endorsement, but that he wants to make a "informed and meaningful decision."

Before his decision not to seek the GOP nomination, Trump made waves in the political world (and rose to second place in the Republican field in an April NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll) in part by aggressively questioning President Obama's citizenship and demanding to see his long-form birth certificate, which the president ultimately released.

Cohen said the Romney campaign requested the meeting, and that they were among the last to reach out to Trump, with first contact being made approximately three weeks ago. At this time, no location for a Romney-Trump meeting has been set, but Cohen said it will almost certainly be over dinner, as was Trump's meeting with Perry last week.

Asked what factors will contribute to Trump's decision on whom to endorse, Cohen laid out a set of ten principles guiding Trump's political thinking, including using "fiscally sound" methods to reduce the deficit, developing domestic energy resources, supporting Israel, and protecting Medicare and Medicaid.

Despite his belief that a Trump endorsement would seal the deal for an eventual Republican nominee, Cohen said Trump was leaving the door open to run as an independent if he was unsatisfied with the Republican candidate this summer.

"If Mr. Trump is not satisfied with who the Republican candidate is in June, he will potentially reenter the presidential race as an independent, which is not good news for the Republican Party." Cohen said. "By reentering the race, either Mr. Trump will win the presidency or Barack Obama will unfortunately be reelected."

The Romney campaign did not return requests for comment on this story.