Trump reportedly offered sales staff a trip to Mar-a-Lago — then tried to weasel out of it

Trump reportedly offered sales staff a trip to Mar-a-Lago — then tried to weasel out of it
By Michael Vadon - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Monday's exposé from The New York Times into President Donald Trump's longtime relationship with Deutsche Bank was eye-opening on a number of levels, from the fact that the bank went into "damage-control mode" in the aftermath of the 2016 election as the prospects they would be drawn into a Trump investigation intensified, to the fact that the president lied about his own net worth to his bankers.

One laughable episode of the new revelations, however, concerns the fact that Trump apparently promised a bunch of bankers a trip to his exclusive Mar-a-Lago golf resort while trying to motivate them to sell bonds in his name and then tried to worm his way out of it when they actually did what he asked:

According to a Deutsche Bank executive who heard the remarks, Mr. Trump gave a pep talk. "Fellas, I know this isn't the easiest thing you’ve had to sell," the executive recalled Mr. Trump saying. "But if you get this done, you'll all be my guests at Mar-a-Lago," his private club in Palm Beach, Fla.

The sales team managed to sell hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bonds. Mr. Trump was pleased with the results when a Deutsche Bank executive called, according to a person who heard the conversation.

Once the executive reminded Trump of his promise, however, "Mr. Trump said he did not remember and that he doubted the salesmen actually expected to be taken to Mar-a-Lago." After the executive protested, saying "That's all they've talked about the past week," Trump relented and ultimately flew out 15 salesmen on his private jet to spend a weekend golfing with him.

It seems as though Trump cannot help but make promises he doesn't intend to keep in crucial business transactions.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.