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Donald Trump: Carson’s ‘Going to Have to Explain a Lot’

Donald Trump Questions Ben Carson's Past Statements 2:00

Fresh off his "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig, Donald Trump joined NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning to react to news that Ben Carson may have embellished parts of his life story, including his violent youth and other anecdotes from his writing.

"I feel badly for Ben, I've gotten to like Ben, it's a tough thing," Trump said, adding that Carson is "going to have to explain a lot of things away: the scholarship situation, the dinner with (General William) Westmoreland when Westmoreland wasn't there."

Trump also rejected Carson's theory the Egyptian pyramids were built to hold grain.

And on whether he thinks Carson's rising poll numbers are a threat to his campaign, Trump responded, "I think everyone's a threat to me, I look at all of these people, I like a lot of them, I respect a lot of them — I think everybody's a threat."

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Karina Garcia, of the ANSWER Coalition, uses a megaphone to lead demonstrators in a chant during a protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's hosting "Saturday Night Live" in New York, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Patrick Sison / AP

Of the crowds gathered outside 30 Rockefeller Center to protest his appearance on "SNL," Trump claimed there were more protesters in favor of him outside the building than against him.

When asked if he was comfortable with the show mocking the Latino groups who protested him, Trump replied, "Not only comfortable, it was something I had to agree to, and I loved it."

Trump added: "I'm doing great with Hispanics ... I employ thousands of Hispanics, I'm going to bring jobs back for Hispanics, and we're going to win the Hispanics."