source VIRGIN website by Richard Branson
Some years ago, Mr Trump invited me to lunch for a one-to-one meeting at his apartment in Manhattan.
We had not met before and I accepted. Even before the starters arrived he began telling me about
how he had asked a number of people for help after his latest bankruptcy and how five of them were
unwilling to help. He told me he was going to spend the rest of his life destroying these five people.
He didn’t speak about anything else and I found it very bizarre. I told him I didn’t think it was the
best way of spending his life. I said it was going to eat him up, and do more damage to him than them.
There must be more constructive ways to spend the rest of your life. (Hopefully my advice didn’t
lead to him running for President!)
I was baffled why he had invited me to lunch solely to tell me this. For a moment, I even wondered
if he was going to ask me for financial help. If he had, I would have become the sixth person on his list!
I left the lunch feeling disturbed and saddened by what I’d heard. There are a lot of frightening
things about this election; not least that policy has been pushed so far down the agenda. What concerns
me most, based upon my personal experiences with Donald Trump, is his vindictive streak, which could
be so dangerous if he got into the White House. For somebody who is running to be the leader of the
free world to be so wrapped up in himself, rather than concerned with global issues, is very worrying.
Later, I remember contrasting the lunch with a one-to-one lunch I shared with Hillary Clinton.
Here we talked about education reform, the war on drugs, women’s rights, conflicts around the globe
and the death penalty. She was a good listener as well as an eloquent speaker. As she understands
well, the President of the United States needs to understand and be engaged with wider world issues,
rather than be consumed by petty personal quarrels.