While he has been called a very “isolated” president, Donald Trump claims he has a sprawling group of diverse friends. And while we can plainly see who the POTUS’s confidantes are, calling them “diverse” doesn’t really fit. In fact, everyone that the current president calls a friend appears to have very specific traits in common.
Here are the qualities that all of Trump’s friends appear to have in common.
If there’s one word that Trump latches on to when talking about friends, it’s “loyalty.” He also uses loyalty to award his friends. Take for example when he selected professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration. Interestingly enough, McMahon described Trump as “an incredibly loyal, loyal friend.”
Willingness to lie
Trump is so obsessed with loyalty that he believes his friends should stick by him even if it means telling a lie. This also means lying to the POTUS’s face so that he will hear good things about himself. Such is the case with Trump’s long-time friend Christopher Ruddy, who acts less like the former head of a media organization and more like Trump’s personal cheerleader.
No ‘losers’ allowed
It appears that Trump’s own loyalty to friends can waiver, especially when it comes to winning and losing. Take for example, Alabama senate hopeful Luther Strange. Trump supported Strange and called him a friend during the Alabama senate race. But when Strange lost to Roy Moore, Trump was quick to turn his back.
A shared history
Trump likes people he’s known throughout his years as a high-profile billionaire. Like when it comes to his friendship with Richard LeFrak. The two men made their big breaks together on the New York real estate scene, where LeFrak remains one of the biggest landlords.
All the rich kids hang out together, right? Such is the case for Trump and the people he considers friends. From the billionaires he appoints to political positions — even when they aren’t qualified — to the celebrities he invites to his golf resorts. (And who can forget when he invited Kanye West to Trump Tower in 2016?)
When it comes to Trump, you can’t question his authority. On anything. The second you tell him he’s wrong, you’re kicked out of his friend circle. This notably happened between Trump and Senator Bob Corker. The two men were considered friends until Corker publicly denounced Trump’s ability to be a good president. This turned into a very public falling out between the two — and a slew of catty Twitter rants.
They can’t hog the spotlight
Trump likes when all the attention is on him. (As long as the attention is good, that is.) This means that nobody in his friend circle is allowed to take the spotlight from him. It’s no wonder his supposed friendship with Anthony Scaramucci fizzled so quickly — the Mooch got all the attention!
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