One of Trump's closest friends and most loyal advisers offers insight into the president's psyche




 

(Tom BarrackTrump campaign)
Tom Barrack, a billionaire and friend of President Donald Trump for more than 30 years, expressed dissatisfaction with the commander in chief's rhetoric, particularly when he's fanning the flames of his national base.

Barrack told The Washington Post in a story published Wednesday, "I tell him all the time: I don't like the rhetoric."

"He thinks he has to be loyal to his base," Barrack added. "I keep on saying, 'But who is your base? You don't have a natural base. Your base now is the world and America, so you have all these constituencies; show them who you really are.' In my opinion, he's better than this."

Barrack noted that he has been able to maintain a candid and honest relationship with Trump over the years because he "was always subservient to him." He said he has talked Trump through some of the hardest points in his life, such as divorces and the difficulties of raising children.

After Trump's father, Fred, died, Barrack said they discussed "the weight of a hard dad, and the baton passing."

Barrack told the Post he has seen in Trump "a kind of compassion at a very lonely level."

And Barrack is one of the few people confident enough to tell Trump when he is wrong, despite the fact "he is very good at being told he is wrong."

"People don't have the courage to do it," Barrack said. "He pushes back hard, but the people he respects the most are the people who have the most refined and not wimpy point of view."

Still, even when Barrack has told Trump he disagrees with him, Trump hasn't always shown his appreciation for the honesty.

"It is not always fun, and no, he doesn't come back and say, 'By the way, your idea was right or brilliant,'" Barrack sad.

Barrack's unbreakable relationship with the president has turned him into a strong ally of some congressional Republicans weary of confronting Trump, such as Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt.

"I've talked to him about things that I've thought he would be a good person to talk to the president about," Blunt told the Post. "Tom Barrack has a capacity to disagree that others might not have."

Barrack also said he's attempted to influence the president on policies he himself is passionate about.

He said Trump has always viewed him as "one of the few Arab American friends that he has" and that he was concerned about Trump's controversial proposed ban on people from majority-Muslim countries traveling to the US. Barrack said he assured friends in the Middle East that they could work with Trump.

"I tell them I know him personally at a very intimate level and the truth is, his passion and his compassion and his empathy for them is true and is deep," Barrack said.

NOW WATCH: Roger Stone explains what Trump has in common with Richard Nixon

COMMENTS

More Related News

U.S. not granting loan relief to defrauded students: inspector general
U.S. not granting loan relief to defrauded students: inspector general
  • US
  • 2017-12-11 22:47:56Z

The U.S. Education Department under President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos has stopped cancelling the student-loan debt of people defrauded by failed for-profit schools and those borrowers face mounting interest and other burdens, its inspector general said on Monday. DeVos is seeking to redo the process for cancelling the debts of people who attended Corinthian Colleges, which collapsed in 2015 amid government investigations into its post-graduation rates, and other failed schools. In the final days of his administration, President Barack Obama approved rules speeding up the debt cancellations.

White House Slamming Media
White House Slamming Media's Mistakes Is Height Of Hypocrisy

WASHINGTON ― White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lashed out at reporters on Monday in response to multiple high-profile corrections to news stories this month, falsely claiming that journalistic outlets do not regularly take responsibility for mistakes and intentionally publish inaccurate information.

Cory Booker Calls On Donald Trump To Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Cory Booker Calls On Donald Trump To Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is calling on President Donald Trump to resign over the more than a dozen sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Trump pays tribute to civil rights heroes amid protests
Trump pays tribute to civil rights heroes amid protests

President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding ...

Trump slams
Trump slams 'vicious' media after erroneous reports on WikiLeaks, Russia

Donald Trump on Saturday renewed his onslaught against major US news networks, accusing them of launching a "vicious" assault on his presidency as he seized on a reporting error by CNN. Trump sounded the same anti-media narrative in a speech Friday in Florida when, pointing to a reporting error by ABC, he said, "Did you see all the corrections the media's been making? The US president regularly rails against top news outlets, both broadcast networks and newspapers including the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Economy

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.