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Richard Branson Calls Trump An 'Embarrassment To The World'

| by Shani Shahmoon

British Business mogul Richard Branson expressed his distaste for President Donald Trump in his most recent interview with Newshub.

Branson, who was knighted in the early 2000s for his services to entrepreneurship, had spoken out against Trump on a number of occasions, but in this most recent interview, he referred to Trump as "an embarrassment to the world."

"There are a lot of great business leaders like [Michael] Bloomberg who would have been great presidents of America. I think Trump is the one businessperson I know who is certainly not the right person to be running a great country like America," Branson explains, reports The Independent.

According to Biography.com, The UK tycoon began building his legacy as a 16-year-old dropout who created a successful student-run youth culture magazine. From that point on, Branson continued to build huge companies and organizations, such as Virgin Group. The Virgin Group brand holds over 200 companies.

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His nonprofit work supports all sorts of causes, such as women's rights, fighting racism, youth homelessness, and climate change, according to NBC.

Branson documented his first one-on-one meeting with Trump in a blog post October 2016 -- one month before the U.S. presidential elections

According to the post, Trump had invited Branson over to his Manhattan flat for lunch years ago.

Branson accepted the offer, and according to his telling, the future president spent the entire afternoon ranting about people whom he vows to get back at for rejecting his plea for help during one of his bankruptcies.

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"Even before the starters arrived he began telling me about how he had asked a number of people for help after his latest bankruptcy and how five of them were unwilling to help. He told me he was going to spend the rest of his life destroying these five people," Branson said.

"I told him I didn’t think it was the best way of spending his life. I said it was going to eat him up, and do more damage to him than them. There must be more constructive ways to spend the rest of your life. (Hopefully my advice didn’t lead to him running for President!)," he added.

Branson went on to compare his meeting with Trump to a later meeting with former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

He and Clinton spoke about "education reform, the war on drugs, women’s rights, conflicts around the globe and the death penalty," his blog detailed.

"As she understands well, the President of the United States needs to understand and be engaged with wider world issues, rather than be consumed by petty personal quarrels," he concluded.

Sources: Newshub, Virgin.com, NBC, The Independent, Biography.com / Photo credit: VirginMoney/Flickr

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