“He is totally in tune with everything that is going on here,” says one Trump executive. “Even the smallest things, like choosing the color of the carpets, the chandeliers, the sconces and the paint palettes in his buildings to the placement of the cup in one of his golf courses.”
And business, Trump claims, is booming. “I’m still running a business. It’s doing phenomenal, and the hotels are doing even better because of the excitement factor,” he told The Post from his office on the 26th floor. The campaign, he says, is “even more of an asset internationally. I have many projects all over the world and for those partners, in China, India and other countries, they read about the [presidential campaign] and they see the big picture,” Trump said. “It’s had a positive impact.”
He says his current projects include residential towers in India. His Web site, in typical Trump fashion, has a laundry list of other nations in which he’s working: Turkey, Panama, South Korea, Canada, the Philippines, Uruguay, Brazil, Scotland, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia. “I deal with the top people of these countries. They want to meet me and talk to me. I am more tested with international leaders than a governor or senator,” Trump said.
A company executive who didn’t want to be identified says Trump continues to call from the campaign trail day or night. When he’s around, there’s usually a line outside his office 10 or 12 people deep.
(Now 69, born 14 June 1946) Trump said he begins most days at around 5 a.m. He reads the papers, watches the news and by 7:30 a.m. he’ll take an elevator from his penthouse to his office. His campaign headquarters is a few floors below. So what’s on the desk? “See this photo?” Trump says, as he reaches for an unframed photo of himself with Michael Jackson, floating on one of the piles on his desk. “That’s me with Michael. Sure, he had his problems, but he was a genius.”
Cardboard boxes are stacked up high behind his desk, along with renderings of projects that Trump must approve for marketing purposes. “Those boxes are mainly filled with articles that I plan on reading about politics and the people I’m competing against. Lots of political stories, income-tax stories and more,” he says.
Will the Oval Office be filled with boxes too? “No,” he laughs. “Once the campaign is over, all these boxes will be gone.”
|Ivanka Trump (34).|
While there has been no time to work out since the campaign began, he has still lost 15 pounds from all of the speeches, which are “really a workout.” Trump says he gets around four hours of sleep a night. “I have never needed a lot of sleep, which is lucky,” he says.
|The Trumps at his presidential candidacy announcement.|
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