Interview with Donald Trump

Interview with Donald Trump done by Mark van Huisseling

 

MARK VAN HUISSELING about…

DONALD TRUMP

My colleagues liked the idea and i got the job to do a one-on-one-interview with him.

A few years ago I was marginally involved in the development of a newspaper that should be about New York (the principal was Dietrich Mateschitz, the majority owner of Red Bull). Anyway, my thinking was: If New York, then Donald Trump. My colleagues liked the idea and i got the job to do a one-on-one-interview with him. A few dozen days, calls and emails later i had the name and number of Trump’s so called right hand, personal assistant and company spokeswoman. He was, she said, not uninterested. I would just have to show myself flexible – the conversation might happen with little lead time. «No problem», I said, I would take a flight and stand at the reception of the trump tower the next day. Just on the same day would be difficult (it was the year 2007 and the Concorde didn’t fly anymore). About four months and numerous follow-up-actions later my mobile phone rang and on the screen you could see a number starting with +1 212. «Mr. Trump is ready to talk to you», said his right hand. «Tomorrow at 10 o’clock in his office?», I asked. «Are you kidding? In ten minutes on the phone», she replied. It was the best she could do and actually pretty much when considering that Mr. Trump is very busy and anyway barely meets people but rather does virtually everything on the phone. I have just been to Paris to look at the newest fashion but that was irrelevant to all parties involved as it seemed.

Das Interview mit "POTUS" Donald Trump

«Okay, Mark»: President Trump, 70. (Picture: Gage Skidmore)

Ten minutes later – catwalk back, models forth – and only seconds after Mr. Trump’s words of welcome («Hurry up, I got things to do») I shot my first question in his direction: «What would your mother say about you?» – «Okay, Mark, is this some sort of questionnaire?», he asked back and was right. I set up some kind of questionnaire during the last ten minutes; because I thought I would prepare my in-depth interview on the plane above the Atlantic. «Okay, Mark, I don’t have time for this crap, send your points to my assistant.» The next day his answers – actually his, except his «right hand» imitates his style perfectly – were in my mailbox.

Interview Donald Trump

Your Mother would say about you:
that I was difficult but knew what i wanted.

Your first fashion-memory?
Probably my uniform at military school.

How much time do you need to get dressed before you go out?
15 minutes.

Topic of the last table talk?
My son Barron.

The last bigger dispute?
Happened five minutes ago. I am in the office, there’s always beef here.

Your most expensive piece of clothing?
My cashmere coat.

What do you wear on your feet at home?
Clogs.

Your favourite shop?
My daughter’s jewelry store, Ivanka Trump Collection. And the Gucci store in the Trump Tower.

Which title should a portrait about you have?
The man that left behind a huge legacy.

For the last time I repaired something in in one of my houses myself …
Repaired? I changed a light bulb.

First passion?
Building skyscrapers out of toy blocks.

You are not a fan of …
Events where you have to wear a smoking.

A talent people wouldn’t think you have:
Mathematics. In fact I was really good at geometry.

In your suitcase there’s always …
A book. Or multiple books. I like biographies and history books.

The most impressive person in history?
Difficult. Churchill maybe, Lincoln, Aristotle.

How much power do women have?
A lot of power. At least over me, i love women, beautiful women. I also know many beautiful intelligent women. I am blown away by them.

You have an abonnement from
Vanity Fair, Variety, Time, Newsweek, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune … and a lot of newspapers.

Biggest expenditure in the last 12 months?
I bought quite a lot of houses.

I want to be able to …
play tennis and golf.

Wish from the fairy?
That my family continues to do well regarding health and money.

Who is the best architect of all time?
Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson who designed my «The Trump International Hotel & Tower» on Central Park West.

The best song of all time?
«New York, New York».

Why are you popular?
Probably because I am rich and famous and honest. And a lot gentler to the people than one might think.

Donald Trump, 70, is the 45th President of the United States of America. He was real estate entrepreneur, TV producer and presenter as well as casino owner. In 2005, the man with the nickname «The Donald» married for a third time. He is father of five children and has lived in New York for most of the time.

 

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