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Donald Trump On Ben Carson's Pyramid Theory: "That Was A Strange Deal"

Carson said in a 1998 commencement speech that he believed the Egyptian pyramids were built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain.

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In an interview with MSNBC's Morning Joe on Thursday, Donald Trump called his opponent Ben Caron's theory that the Egyptian pyramids were built to store grain "a strange deal."

“Yes, and you informed me very interestingly about the pyramids," he told the hosts. "I think I'll have to put that into my repertoire when I talk about Ben. That was a strange — that was a strange deal. I learn a lot by watching your show, folks.”

In a 1998 commencement address unearthed by BuzzFeed News on Wednesday, the retired neurosurgeon said he believed that the Egyptian pyramids were not built as tombs for pharaohs.

“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,” Carson said. “Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.”

Carson ruled out alien involvement as well.

“And various of scientists have said, ‘Well, you know there were alien beings that came down and they have special knowledge and that’s how—’ you know, it doesn’t require an alien being when God is with you.”

Watch the exchange below:

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Kyle Blaine is the deputy politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Kyle Blaine at kyle.blaine@buzzfeed.com.

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