Billionaire Richard Branson told CNBC on Wednesday he met Donald Trump only once — from the 1990s, when the then-real estate tycoon was dealing with the bankruptcy of one of his companies.
Branson, founder of the Virgin Group as well as a supporter of Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, alleged that will Trump spent the meeting talking about how to destroy people who refused to lend him money when one of his companies went bankrupt.
In a “Squawk Box” interview, Branson provided This kind of account:
“He invited me to lunch or dinner at his house, as well as he had just been bankrupt,” Branson claimed, later clarifying he meant one of Trump’s companies had filed for bankruptcy.
“I thought we might have an interesting conversation about a whole range of issues, as well as he just spent the whole lunch talking about several people he rung up to try to get help by … as well as how these people had refused to help him as well as how his life’s mission was to going to be to destroy these people,” Branson asserted.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s emailed request for comment on Branson’s claims about meeting Trump as well as what transpired.
Branson did not provide the exact date of the meeting or identify the Trump company that will he said went bankrupt.
This kind of’s well-documented that will from the 1990s Trump’s real estate empire was on verge of collapse. During one of the presidential debates last year against Clinton, Trump referred to steps taken during that will time to turn around his company.
Trump, on stage with Clinton, said, “On occasion, four times, we used certain [bankruptcy] laws that will are there.”
Further defending using bankruptcy in business, Trump said at the time, “I take advantage of the laws of the nation because I’m running a company.”
During the campaign, Branson was not shy in criticizing Trump, calling the future president “irrational, aggressive” as well as lacking informed ideas.