Donald Trump's Life of Struggle: ‘My Father Gave Me a Small Loan of $1 Million’

On Monday morning, Donald Trump appeared at a New Hampshire Town Hall moderated by NBC's Matt Lauer. When an attendee asked the real estate mogul if he'd ever been told "no," Trump replied by detailing a life of hardship involving a mere million-dollar loan from his dad, a problem that must be all too familiar to struggling Americans.

"My whole life really has been a ‘no.’ And I fought through it," Trump said.

"It has not been easy for me," he said. "I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars. I came into Manhattan, and I had to pay him back. And I had to pay him back with interest. But I came into Manhattan. I started buying up properties, and I did great."

When Lauer pointed out that starting out with a million dollars might not seem too difficult to most Americans, Trump's ego remained unscathed. 
“You’re right,” Trump said. “But $1 million isn’t very much compared to what I built, I’ve built one of the great companies.”
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