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Trump regarded Lord Bannside as a legend!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Trump regarded Lord Bannside as a legend! thumbnailPresident election with former North Antrim MP, the late Lord Bannside, at Trump Tower in New York some years ago. GB46748 p3

I MAKE it my business to promote and exploit the opportunities and contacts that I come across for the interest of my constituents.
I believe all politicians should be doing this. Most prefer to scoff and criticise. Some take action I like to think I am one that takes actions that are beneficial for the community.
There is a saying in business that you have got to keep swinging the bat and eventually you will hit a ball.
I agree with that philosophy. That it's important to push at every opportunity because who knows one day something may come of it.
When I first met Donald Trump and his team in NYC 10 years ago, a lesser person would have quit because that early meeting did noy lead to an immediate investment in the initial project.
But no, I took the opportunity to continue that relationship with Donald Trump and his team because one day I know it may be useful. I think today I can say that was worth waiting for.
I first met Donald Trump along with my father.
A news story broke about a Trump Corporation development in Scotland running into trouble and how the financier Donald Trump was considering alternative opportunities, perhaps even the North Antrim Coast.
My father never missed an opportunity. It was his style. He once told me the opportunity of a lifetime must be taken within the lifetime of the opportunity and he set me the task of setting up a meeting with Donald Trump.
I got a meeting and within a matter of hours Dad and myself were in the gold lift heading to the Penthouse suite in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.
Inside Donald Trump's office his first words of welcome were to usher us all to the window and to see the impressive view over New York.
At that meeting Donald Trump was nothing like his now well known television persona.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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