Friday Flashback: Donald Trump Talks Money In 1989 [VIDEO]
3:45 pm, October 21st | by Hillary Reinsberg
We enjoy following the current day-to-day lives of the rich and powerful. But sometimes it’s fun to look back and remember how those moguls ended up where they are today. Each Friday, we’ll dig up a vintage video starring your favorite movers and shakers in their younger days.
Today: An NBC interview with Donald Trump in 1989.
1989 was an interesting year for Trump — a crossroads, if you will. He was still married to Ivana — mother to Eric, Donald Jr. and Ivanka — but he wouldn’t be for much longer. They were together from 1977 to 1992. As your tabloid-loving eyes may recall, the divorce took its fair amount of cues from War of the Roses.
We can also look at ’89 as a kind of financial crossroads for Trump. Up until this point, Trump had been growing his business and was very successful — he built big things and became a big name. In ’89 and into the ’90s, Trump started struggling to pay off certain debts and was hit hard by the recession. By ’91 he declared business bankruptcy, and got rather close to declaring personal bankruptcy.
In this video though, he stays on the confident side of things — though we’d say he’s not quite as cocky as he is today. But still, we see some of evidence of the Trump we know now. “I believe in trashing your enemies and really being loyal to your friends,” he says. If you’ve followed Trump’s opinion on Obama, you’ll know that he’s definitely done some trashing. “Some people are not destined to make a lot of money,” he also adds. If you’ve seen The Apprentice, you’ll see he still holds that idea close to home.
His hair looked better then too!