President-elect talking about his heroes
Michael Gove, columnist for The Times, and Kai Diekmann, former chief editor of the German newspaper Bild, interviewed Donald Trump. During the long interview, they also asked him a simple question, or at least it would be simple for most of the people on this globe.
The question was: Do you have any models — are there heroes that you steer by — people you look up to from the past?
And Donald Trump's answer:
"Well, I don't like heroes, I don't like the concept of heroes, the concept of heroes is never great, but certainly you can respect certain people and certainly there are certain people - but I've learnt a lot from my father - my father was a builder in Brooklyn and Queens - he did houses and housing and I learnt a lot about negotiation from my father - although I also think negotiation is a natural trait, I don't think you can, you either have it or you don't, you get better at it but basically, the people that I know who are great negotiators or great salesmen or great politicians, it's very natural, very natural ... I got a letter from somebody, their congressman, they said what you've done is amazing because you were never a politician and you beat all the politicians. He said they added it up - when I was three months into the campaign, they added it up - I had three months of experience and the 17 guys I was running against, the Republicans, had 236 years – ya know when you add 20 years and 30 years - so I was three months they were 236 years - so it's sort of a funny article but I believe it's like hitting a baseball or being a good golfer - natural ability, to me, is much more important to me than experience and experience is a great thing - I think it's a great thing - but I learnt a lot from my father in terms of leadership.
So now we all know a lot more about Trump and his heroes. Do we?