He is certainly not your regular politician, everyone knows that. But the level of opprobrium heaped upon him is astonishing. Its water off a duck’s back to him, of course, because he’s a street fighter in the purest sense and brings with him a level of ferocity that the political world just can’t fathom.
Terrorism, rocketing illegal immigration, economic conflict with China and others, these are the existential issues that leave America in a perilous position in what is a very dangerous world. Globalism is under attack on every continent as a consequence and it’s about time that the United States had a president that put the nation first. This is what these times demand.
Few people know how capable he is in these situations, but we do. I have worked alongside him, day in, day out, for more than a dozen years and my co-author, Damian Bates, has known him for over a decade, too, reporting on his business dealings.
I remember well the day I was sitting in the Oval Office and he was speaking of all those so-called biographers and experts who spent little more than 30 minutes with him and then claimed to know him intimately. I chimed in that maybe I should do a book on him, half in jest, and he said: “Yeah, I think that’s a great idea; you can be my biographer!” And so, The Real Deal was born.
He’s intense, he’s demanding, but it’s all driven by his passion to deliver an end product that people love. And yes, I’ve been in his firing line once or twice in my career! But his approach is quite simple really. Early on in my The Trump Organization career, after a long, hard day on a construction project, the two of us were walking alone across the site, and he reflected upon a question that he was often asked: “How did you achieve your success?”
It was a simple response but one that I think about often. “I look around, I see what people want and I give it to them.”
That’s the Donald J. Trump mantra: give the people what they want.
Too many politicians think that they know best, that they don’t need to listen to the people and acknowledge that things aren’t how they should be. President Trump does listen and is prepared to talk about – and tackle – some fairly contentious issues and change his position if need be to make sure the best outcome is achieved. Yes, he’s a brawler and is not interested in wrapping the answers in sophisticated language that appeals to the legislators. He’s focused on giving you the results you want. He uses chaos, the media, and a single-minded focus to achieve things everyone else said were impossible.
I want a guy who gives me a strong economy, record low unemployment, and fights for America in the world, not sophisticated vocabulary. Don’t you?
He’s fighting our corner against the Chinese, Nato, Europe, our southern neighbors, and their porous borders; how long can we continue to be the world’s banker and its peacekeeper? It’s time that we concentrated on our own issues, not because we shouldn’t play a leading role in the world but because we need to look after our own first and help others next. Some of the global decisions that tie us into trade deals, agreements and protocols were approved decades ago and, in some cases, in the aftermath of the second world war – time has moved on and we need to focus on our issues.
So, what is Trump really like? He’s a genuinely funny guy who cares about his people and is intent on getting the best out of people. He wouldn’t even offer me a job until he cleared it with my then-current employer that it was okay to do so. Who does that these days?
That’s the measure of the man.
About the Authors:
George A. Sorial was Executive Vice President & Counsel to The Trump Organization for over twelve years, working directly alongside Donald J. Trump until his inauguration on January 2017. He then became EVP and Chief Compliance Counsel to the business, reporting directly to Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.
Damian Bates worked as a journalist for nearly thirty years in the United Kingdom. He now runs his own reputation management consultancy, covering strategic communications and public affairs. He has known Donald J. Trump for over a decade.