Writing in a blog post this Wednesday, billionaire and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson recalled the first time he met Donald Trump and described how the GOP nominee spent the entire meeting talking about his “bizarre” fetish for revenge.
According to Branson, the encounter took place years ago during a one-on-one lunch in Trump’s Manhattan apartment.
“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 wrote.
“He told me he was going to spend the rest of his life destroying these five people.”
Branson felt the meeting was “bizarre” and he was disturbed by Trump’s “vindictive streak” — a trait that Branson said would be a liability for the U.S. if Trump were to become president.
“I left the lunch feeling disturbed and saddened by what I’d heard. There are a lot of frightening things about this election,” he wrote, “not least that policy has been pushed so far down the agenda.”
Branson said the lunch was in stark contrast to one he had with “good listener” and eloquent speaker” Hillary Clinton, where the two discussed things such as women’s rights and education reform.
“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,” he said.
Earlier this month, Branson wrote another piece that was highly critical of Trump, calling him “irrational,” “aggressive,” and “unfit for office.”
You can read Branson’s blog post from Wednesday in its entirety here.