The Surprising Reason Why Donald Trump Has Few Friends

Life can be lonely at the top. Donald Trump might be well-known, but you might be surprised to learn he doesn’t have many close friends. When you look at his success and the celebrities he’s photographed with, it might cause you to wonder why this is so. Wonder no more. We’ll tell you what we know about Trump’s social life, and the only two people he named when asked about his best friends.

Here’s the surprising reason why Donald Trump has few friends.

No friends?

Donald Trump stands in front of a microphone while wearing a suit and red tie.

He doesn’t seem to have many buddies. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

There have been conflicting reports about whether Trump has any friends. Even if The Donald does have some friends, he wouldn’t acknowledge them in public during his campaign. During a campaign stop in New Hampshire at Plymouth State University, he told the crowd that he has no friends as far as he is concerned. He said he considers his supporters to be his friends, reports the Washington Examiner.

Next: He works up until 1 a.m.

He works a lot

Trump at a campaign rally.

Perhaps he’s too busy to get drinks after work with any of his friends. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Even if Trump had a lot of close friends, he wouldn’t have much time for them. It seems that work is more important than being a social butterfly. He even puts work before sleep. Trump stated on The O’Reilly Factor he gets just four to five hours of sleep. He told former host Bill O’Reilly he works up until 12 a.m. or 1 a.m., only to wake up at 5 a.m. to do it all over again.

Next: He hasn’t changed much since he was an aggressive child.

He’s the same person he was as a child

President Trump Meets With Truckers And CEO's At The White House

Trump meets with truckers and CEOs. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Washington Post reports that according to interviews with more than three dozen of Trump’s childhood friends, classmates, and neighbors, the childhood version of the current president was just “Trump in miniature.”

Trump reportedly erupted in anger and misbehaved often in school. He was a bully to other children and once gave a music teacher a black eye. When he was 13, he was sent away from his family’s luxurious home to attend a military boarding school.

According to The Washington Post, “young Donald commanded attention with his playground taunts, classroom disruptions and distinctive countenance, even then his lips pursed in a way that would inspire future mimics.”

In fact, Trump himself says that his personality hasn’t changed that much since he was a child. “When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I’m basically the same,” Trump told a biographer. “The temperament is not that different.” That may not be surprising. But it’s interesting in light of the longest-running personality study, which recently found that people’s personalities typically change drastically, to the point of being unrecognizable over the course of decades.

Next: This is why his only real friends are his family.

He doesn’t trust people

President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference.

He might be keeping people at bay on purpose. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Trust doesn’t come easily for Trump. He trusts very few people and friendships are very low on his priority list, reports Newsweek. Considering this combination, it’s no surprise the president has very few close friends. One of Trump’s business associates told the publication that Trump doesn’t want to have to rely on anyone and that the only real friends he has are his family.

Next: He’s a bigger family man thank you think.

He’s a bigger family man than you might think

Trump's family at his campaign announcement

Donald Trump stands with his family. | Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Though most of his family doesn’t share the spotlight in the same way he himself does, Trump actually has five children. Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric were all born during Trump’s marriage to his ex-wife Ivana Zelnícková; Tiffany was born during his marriage to ex-wife Marla Maples; and Barron was born in 2006, a year after Trump married his current wife, Melania Knauss.

Trump is also a grandfather to eight grandchildren, counting the son Ivanka recently had with her husband, Jared Kushner. All told, Trump sees himself as a family man. “I’ve always said I’ve been a great father. Less of a good husband,” he joked on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011. “I love my family.”

Next: Trump likes doing this, which doesn’t help to meet friends.

He likes staying home

President Donald Trump Arrives At The White House

He’d rather be at home than anywhere else. | Eric Thayer/Pool/Getty Images

You might think the president of the United States would be a fan of traveling and socializing, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with Trump. Richard LeFrak, who has known Trump for almost 40 years, told The New York Times the president is a homebody. It’s a lot harder to make friends if you don’t leave home that often, so this could be another one of the reasons why the president doesn’t have too many friends.

Next: Trump has a lot of enemies.

He’s made a lot of enemies

Donald Trump holds up a rubber mask of his face during a campaign rally.

His enemy list might be longer than the list of people willing to hang out with him. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Maryanne Trump-Barry, Donald’s sister, told Newsweek that Trump is a very driven man who is focused on being successful. It seems the president’s insatiable thirst for success caused him to step on a few toes. Some of those toes belonged to tenants of a rent-controlled building who faced uncertain times after the property was purchased by Trump in the ’80s. “He is a dangerous man. As a political leader, he’s the type who’d make the trains run on time,” John Moore told Newsweek. Moore is an attorney who worked with the tenant group after Trump bought the building and then said he wanted to tear it down.

Next: He’s always been more interested in women.

He has confidence in himself

President Trump Departs White House En Route To Puerto Rico

Trump never shows a lack of confidence in himself. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The self-boosting attitude isn’t just a campaign tactic — he’s always had a strong sense of confidence in himself and his abilities. He’s also been more interested in the ladies than guy friends.

One classmate from Trump’s high school days at the New York Military Academy told Business Insider that Trump aspired to own real estate on Fifth Avenue even as a teenager — long before Trump Tower came to be.

Trump’s early-established confidence also apparently had a positive effect on the opposite sex. Trump was voted “Ladies’ Man” in the yearbook for his senior year. “He was a very good-looking, handsome guy, and he held himself in a way that everyone thought he’d be very desirable for the opposite sex,” said classmate George Beuttell.

Next: He keeps himself busy and close to business friends.

He stays busy

Donald Trump Attends The 16th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards.

He’s got a lot of places to be. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Although Trump is a homebody, he reportedly doesn’t just sit around all day. His cousin, John Walter, told The New York Times that Trump likes to stay busy. Walter also highlights the fact that the president’s closest friends are business people. “Donald likes to be busy. He isn’t the kind of guy who goes into McDonald’s and sits around just saying, ‘Howdy doody,” Walter told the newspaper.

Next: Trump isn’t exactly known for his loyalty.

He’s not exactly known for his loyalty

Donald Trump waving from the inside of a car.

He might have burned a few bridges. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

If the way Trump’s romantic relationships have evolved gives any clues about his loyalty to his friends, then it’s safe to conclude he might not be that loyal. It’s widely known his 15-year marriage to Ivana Trump ended after an affair with former model and actress Marla Maples. And Trump met his current wife, Melania, while he was on a date with another woman. Although some people act differently in romantic relationships than they do with friends, it still has to make you wonder how the president treats his friends.

Next: He only named these two people when asked about his best friends.

He limits who he keeps around him

U.S. President Donald J. Trump (C) delivers his first address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

He isn’t open to intimate friendships. | Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/Getty Images

Some people don’t feel the need to have a large group of friends around them, and the president is one of them. When Trump was asked who his best friends are, only two people were named. His spokesperson said Trump’s closest friends are Richard LeFrak and Howard M. Lorber, the chief executive of Vector Group, which is a holding company focusing on real estate and cigarettes, reports The New York Times.

Next: Some people believe Trump has a personality disorder.

Some people think he has a personality disorder

Trump holding a pen

Trump likes to put on a show. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Like many celebrities and reality TV stars, Donald Trump has a big personality. But The Atlantic notes that many people who have interacted with him have gotten the feeling that Trump is an actor playing a character. “More than even Ronald Reagan, Trump seems supremely cognizant of the fact that he is always acting. He moves through life like a man who knows he is always being observed,” The Atlantic reports. For that and other reasons, Trump’s personality is pretty unique (and unusual) in Washington.

Many media platforms have offered up assessments of the particulars of Trump’s personality, noting his extroversion, his reputation for disagreeableness, and his tendencies toward social ambition and aggressiveness. Intense speculation about Trump’s psychological motivations, and potential psychiatric diagnoses, have led many who oppose him to posit that he has narcissistic personality disorder.

But Allen Frances, the psychiatrist who led the task force that wrote the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV, wrote to The New York Times that Trump “may be a world-class narcissist, but this doesn’t make him mentally ill, because he does not suffer from the distress and impairment required to diagnose mental disorder.”

Additionally, the American Psychiatric Association warned psychiatrists against publicly speculating about Trump’s mental state without an in-person evaluation.

Additional reporting by Jess Bolluyt.

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