A new video from Mike Bloomberg has surfaced explaining the time he told Donald Trump that he loves him while the former mayor of New York is still critical of his former friendship with the president.
Bloomberg was in conversation with a crowd at the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford in December 2016 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series – almost a month until the day after Trump was elected.
He noted his earlier close relationship with the then-president-elect and even said he once said to Trump, “Yes, Donald, I really love you.”
The billionaire explained that the interaction took place after Trump had made comments during a memorial service on September 11.
A video from 2016 popped up where Mike Bloomberg explained for a while when he told Donald Trump: “Yes, Donald, I really love you”
Bloomberg spoke at the University of Oxford Business School in 2016, a month after Trump was elected president, and touched his relationship with Trump a few times
The video comes when Bloomberg is examined because of his close proximity to the president, both native New Yorkers and both billionaires
“I saw your speech in Philadelphia,” Trump said to Bloomberg at the time, which seemed to be a reference to the mayor’s speech at the Democratic National Convention that addressed his fellow millionaire.
“But you really love me, don’t you?” Trump asked, according to Bloomberg’s iteration of interaction. “And I said,” Yes, Donald, I really love you, I just don’t agree with everything you’ve ever said. “
“And we laughed well,” Bloomberg continued with a light story.
“If you sat and ate with Donald Trump, you would probably walk away and say that everything he just said is nonsense, he cannot do that. But you have a good time, “he admitted. ‘He is a nice person socially. Will he be a good president? I hope so. Because we desperately need leadership in the country and the world. “
Bloomberg has faced widespread criticism of his previous interactions with Trump – a fellow New Yorker – especially he has risen in the polls and qualified for the debating phase for the first time Wednesday since participating in the presidential race in November.
Democratic candidates used Bloomberg’s entry to unite against a common enemy, and several attacked him for trying to buy the presidency and even compared him to Trump.
This week a photo of Bloomberg and Trump circulated in search of friendly social media golfing together after Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders posted it on Twitter on Tuesday.
The photo did not include a caption and came in response to an email from a Bloomberg attack campaign, stating that Sanders and Trump were “brittle.”
Bloomberg once said: “I am a friend of Donald Trump. He is a New York icon, and that clip makes the news.
The billionaire has tried to distance himself as much as possible from the trump card since he entered the race, and has stepped up his criticism of the president.
In a campaign mail on President’s Day Monday, Bloomberg praised “HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY, DONALD TRUMP!”
“The Mike Bloomberg 2020 campaign today celebrated our 45th president by releasing our 10 favorite ads telling the truth about his presidency,” said the email, after which he launched ten different attacks on Trump.
Bernie Sanders, in particular, is critical of Bloomberg and a photo circulated social media after the Vermont Senator shared an image of Bloomberg and Trump who became chummy on the golf course
In another email on the same day, the Bloomberg campaign accused Sanders of using the same attack strategies as Trump.
Bloomberg is a main target of Sanders, which is hyper-critical towards billionaires and fellow candidates who accept campaign contributions from donors with big money.
Of all the candidates in the primary race, past and present, Bloomberg has spent millions more on advertisements to increase brand awareness and spread his message about why he is the best candidate to face Trump in November.
Bloomberg promised not to make any contributions at all, and instead the 78-year-old billionaire is funding his campaign – causing Democrats and Republicans to sue for trying to buy his way to the White House.
The former mayor has a net worth of 64 billion.
The Democratic National Commission is also criticized after it changed the rules for qualifying for debates with the Wednesday debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It has lifted the previous fundraising requirements to get the debate going, and instead, candidates must reach the polling thresholds or earn delegates in previous primary national competitions.
On Tuesday, Bloomberg reached the polling threshold and became the sixth of the eight remaining candidates to step up the debate.
Fellow candidates were not happy.
“It’s a shame Mike Bloomberg can find his way in the debate,” Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren accused in a tweet on Tuesday.
“But now primary voters, curious about how each candidate will take on Donald Trump, can get a live demonstration of how we’re all going against an egomaniac billionaire,” she said, comparing Bloomberg with Trump.
The Bloomberg campaign tried to downplay Bloomberg’s earlier praise from the president.
“When Mike was mayor, he hired Donald Trump to run a city golf course, and that’s the only job he took him to,” said Stu Loeser, campaign senior advisor and long-time Bloomberg spokesperson in May a statement to Politics.
“When Trump was on his way to the White House, Mike Bloomberg, like most Americans, hoped Donald Trump would take the opportunity. Instead, Trump lowered expectations for leadership and Americans failed issue after issue. That’s why Mike runs to replace him, and his record and resources are the reason why more and more Americans support Mike, “he continued.
Bloomberg said during his 2016 speech in Oxford that he was not president in 2016 as independent because he did not want to split the vote and would ultimately be the reason that Trump won the White House.
“I would have been the person who gave us Donald Trump for the rest of my life and beyond. And the results turned out to be the same, but at least you can’t blame me. I was on the other side, “Bloomberg said applause.