By recollecting his first-ever meeting with Donald Trump, Sir Richard Branson has become the latest celebrity to give his thoughts on the US Presidential elections.
In a blog post on Friday titled Meeting Donald Trump, the British tycoon wrote about a one-on-one lunch meeting at Trump’s apartment in Manhattan.
They were meeting for the first time and he recalled how “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”.
Donald Trump, Richard wrote, didn’t talk about anything else. Richard found that very ‘bizarre’ and even advised Trump to not spend his life fretting over the losses and find other constructive ways.
He wrote: “I left the lunch feeling disturbed and saddened by what I’d heard… 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.”
He also drew comparison between Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump and his rival Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
In the same blog, he talked about “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”.
This isn’t the first time, Richard has expressed his concern about Donald Trump becoming the President. On October 14, he wrote a blog post titled I want an entrepreneur to become President one day – just not Donald Trump.
In that blog, he wrote: “Mr Trump’s temperament is irrational, aggressive and he lacks informed ideas on how to grow jobs in America”, among other things.