Here’s the Real Reason Donald Trump and This ‘Apprentice’ Star Are Still Friends After the Show

Bill Rancic was the first contestant honored as The Apprentice when Donald Trump’s show premiered in 2004. He won the chance to manage a Trump property and said his win showed that hard work and determination still gets you to the top, Today reports.

While Rancic didn’t campaign for Trump, he hasn’t been shy about saying why he still has positive feelings for the president. Page 5 and 6 reveal what it all comes down to.

1. What the show did for Bill Rancic

Bill Rancic standing next to Donald Trump.

Bill Rancic was mentored by Donald Trump after winning The Apprentice. | Brad Barket/Getty Images

Rancic credits Trump for giving him opportunities he never would have dreamed of, CNBC reports. Rancic said he is forever grateful to Trump and it was an amazing experience.

Next: This is what Rancic thinks of Trump’s business skills.

2. The great negotiator?

Donald Trump speaking to Bill Rancic.

Rancic greatly admires Trump. | Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Rancic insists Trump is an “incredible” negotiator, CNBC reports. In fact, Rancic said, “He is one of the best negotiators on the planet and that we are already seeing the things he is doing.”

He also said Trump is a master at brand building with his global collection of hotels and created some of the “best pieces of real estate.”

Next: Trump certainly isn’t known for doing this for many people.

3. Rancic insists Trump did this for him

Donald Trump and Bill Rancic pointing their thumbs.

He credits Trump for his success. | Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Rancic views Trump as being a supportive person. “I see him as someone who likes to lift people up,” Rancic said to CNBC. “He lifted me up, he gave me an opportunity that was absolutely spectacular, and I think he’s going to do the same for all of America.”

Next: But what about Twitter?

4. How does he really feel about Trump’s Twitter obsession?

Bill Rancic sitting on a white chair on stage during a conference.

Rancic only sees the good in Trump. | John Medina/Getty Images

When the CNBC reporter asked for his opinion about Trump and Twitter, Rancic danced around the question and talked about how Trump is effective with branding. He also said Trump knows how to use the media effectively, but then Rancic redirected the conversation to how he would teach people at a conference to build their own brand.

Next: Rancic said this about a potential Trump presidency in 2016.

5. This is what kind of president Rancic thought Trump would be

Donald Trump standing with Melania Trump and Bill Rancic.

Rancic thinks Trump has the makings of a great president. | Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Basically Rancic says because Trump provided him with awesome business opportunities, he needs to have his back. He told CBS News in 2016 Trump would make a “great president.” However, Rancic didn’t say why Trump would be a great leader but rather said that Trump provided him an opportunity of a lifetime, but didn’t say what exactly Trump would do for the country.

Next: He even credits Trump for his marriage.

6. Without Trump, Rancic says his life would be completely different

Bill and Giuliana Rancic posing together.

Bill Rancic is fascinated with Trump’s ability to negotiate. | Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

The Apprentice opportunity was so impactful for Rancic, he said without it he may not have met his wife, celebrity reporter Giuliana, CBS News reports. Plus, “I got to watch him from the inside and I was able to see how he works and how he does deals and how he was able to negotiate in difficult times,” he said.

Next: Do other Apprentice contestants have a glowing view of Trump too?

7.  This is what other Apprentice winners think of Trump

Kendra Todd standing with Donald Trump.

Kendra Todd also backs Donald Trump. | Peter Kramer/Getty Images

While Rancic definitely credits Trump for pretty much everything he has in life, other show winners aren’t saying much. In fact, Kelly Perdew and Sean Yazbeck haven’t talked about the Trump presidency, according to Mic.

However, winner Randal Pinkett strongly opposes Trump and Stefanie Schaeffer seemed to somewhat support Trump in the beginning of his candidacy but fell silent. Only Kendra Todd has been a strong vocal supporter, even defending Trump after the Access Hollywood tape went public.

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