Richard Branson, billionaire founder of Virgin Group, published a blog post this Friday in which he recalls his first exchange with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The event took place during a one-on-one lunch at Trump’s apartment in Manhattan. During the course of the lunch, Trump told Branson that he was going to spend the rest of his life getting revenge on five people. These people were said to have refused to help the GOP candidate.
Though he did not identify the five people, the conversation came during his bankruptcy at the time. Branson wrote:
“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.”
Branson referred to the encounter as “bizarre,” confessing that he felt worried about Trump’s vengeful rhetoric. Branson went on to say:
“He told me he was going to spend the rest of his life destroying these five people.”
Branson discussed this in reference to this year’s presidential bid for the White House. The billionaire believes that this attitude toward historical wrongs in one’s personal life does not have a place in power. He argued that a president should be more concerned with global and social affairs than personal issues:
“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.”
Comparison To Hillary
Following the discussion of Trump’s inadequacies in the eyes of Branson, he went on to discuss Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Branson described Clinton as a “good listener” and “eloquent speaker.” Their conversation involved topics such as women’s rights and education reform. Branson said of the conversation:
“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.”
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“I’ve listened to what he had to say and I think what he’s had to say is dangerous and hurtful… He’s not a good listener. He’s not somebody, I think, who can get a great team of people around him to run this country. He’s had a lot of disaster with his companies.”
Branson opposed the British version of Trump, known as Brexit, earlier this year. He has openly endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, despite not being legally able to vote in the November 8th election.
The Brit discusses his concerns about Trump further in the following video:
Featured image from YouTube video.