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Branson Shares Scathing Letter He Received From Trump Back In 2004

Billionaire Richard Branson has been touting his new memoir, ‘Finding My Virginity,’ and he’s dropped a little tidbit of the bombshell variety that will surely drum up even more interest in it. Looks like he got into a bit of a spat with President Donald Trump back in 2004, and he has a scathing letter he received from the then-private citizen as evidence. As Business Insider shares, Trump completely obliterated Branson over his attempts to become a television star.

This was around the time that ‘The Apprentice’ had become a huge hit for NBC, and it naturally inspired some copycats that would fizzle out. Branson was at the helm of one show, while Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban manned another. Trump didn’t pull any punches while telling Branson how he felt.

"I see that you are trying to take me on with your nasty comments, much the same way as Mark Cuban had tried. As you know, Mark went down in flames, his show was unceremoniously cancelled, never to return again. In any event, now that I have watched your show, I wish you came to me and asked my advice — I would have told you not to bother,” Trump wrote. “You have no television persona and, as I found out with others a long time ago, if it's not there there's not a thing in the world you can do about it.”

That seems like more than enough of a thumping for one letter, but the future president had a lot more to say.

"At least your dismal ratings can now allow you to concentrate on your airline which, I am sure, needs every ounce of your energy. It is obviously a terrible business and I can't imagine, with fuel prices etc., that you can be doing any better in it than anyone else,” Trump continued. “Like television, you should try to get out of the airline business too, as soon as possible! Actually, I wonder out loud how you can be anywhere close to a billionaire and be in that business. Perhaps the title of your show, The Rebel Billionaire, is misleading?”

Well now, that got personal in a hurry. As Trump saw it, Branson was trying to profit off of the success of The Apprentice, and he claimed that Branson was going about it in the wrong way.

"In any event, do not use me in order to promote your rapidly sinking show — you are a big boy, try doing it by yourself!” Trump concluded.

As Branson tells it, he had a simple reply to a letter he was quite confused by.

"I have enjoyed our time we have spent together and would not denigrate you personally," Branson wrote. "Perhaps you could re-read what I have said to date and decide whether it's worth us remaining as friends — or alternatively, you adding me to your list of enemies! It's your call."

He would go on to explain that he walked away from the flap unscathed, but we’re going to assume that it’s still sticking in his craw.

"I was one businessperson his divisive rhetoric and bullying behavior would not impress," Branson added.

Source: Business Insider
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