Richard Branson has already said that he feels Donald Trump would be a disastrous president. “Great entrepreneurs build businesses with purpose at their heart and always treat people with respect. These are not characteristics I see in Mr Trump,” he wrote in a blog post last week.
But yesterday, the Virgin Group founder disclosed for the first time the details of his “bizarre” first meeting with the real estate mogul.
“Some years ago,” the British entrepreneur wrote, Trump invited him for lunch. But Trump spent the entire time telling Branson how he would “spend the rest of his life destroying” five people who didn’t help him after his bankruptcy, he said.
Branson said he found it “very bizarre” and left the lunch “feeling disturbed and saddened.”
He also wrote:
Branson then contrasted it with a lunch he had with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic challenger. “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,” Branson wrote. “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.”
The Trump campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.