Despite the fact that Donald Trump has banned the Washington Post from covering his public events, Trump reportedly spent more than 20 hours talking to reporters who are working on a biography of the Republican presidential nominee.
And one of the most shocking revelations was that…Donald Trump has no personal friends.
From the Washington Post:
As far back as 1980, he had told TV interviewer Rona Barrett, “My business is so all-encompassing that I don’t really get the pleasure of being with friends that much, frankly.” She pressed him: Whom would you call if you were in trouble and your family wasn’t around? “Maybe I’d call you, Rona,” he said.
Thirty-six years later, when we asked Trump about his friendships, he took a considerable, unusual pause, and then said: “Well, it’s an interesting question. Most of my friendships are business-related because those are the only people I meet. The people I meet, really, I guess I could say socially, when you go out to a charity event or something. . . . I have people that I haven’t spoken to in years, but I think they’re friends.” And he named — off the record — three men he had had business dealings with two or more decades before, men he had seen only rarely in recent years.
Trump went on to say that he has “a lot of friends.” Of course he does.
“But they’re not friends like perhaps other people have friends, where they’re together all the time and they go out to dinner all the time,” he said. If faced with a personal issue, Trump said he would turn to a family member.
As the Post reported in June, Trump’s adult children, as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are his closest advisers within the Republican’s meagerly-staffed presidential campaign. Per the biography excerpt released Friday, Trump “often struggled” to answer questions that ranged outside of business or politics.
Does it surprise anyone that Trump has no close personal friends?