When the campaign decided to go for it, they went all out. Staffers and surrogates lobbied their contacts in Trump’s office, and senior campaign strategist Stuart Stevens called a person close to the Celebrity Apprentice star and asked what they could do to win him over. The friend’s advice: “Flattery goes a long way with Mr. Trump.” And so, in September 2011, the candidate himself paid a visit to Trump Towers in New York City. Other GOP contenders had already made the journey to kiss The Donald’s ring — including Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry — but Romney was considered the most serious candidate at that point. Rather than hold a big press conference outside the building like others did, Romney slipped in and out of a back door, dodging the photographers lurking nearby. No one knows what was said behind those closed doors — only Romney and Trump were present — but whatever it was, the candidate had “charmed” him, according to a source who spoke to Trump afterward. The source added that Trump had seriously considered backing Perry, but Romney’s meeting put him over the edge. “I think it’s a rich-guy thing,” Trump’s friend told BuzzFeed…Would they stay in touch now that the election’s over? “Trump doesn’t like to be associated with failure,” the source responded. “Trump’s a winner. My guess is today he’s pretty disappointed.” [BuzzFeed via Heidi Moore, related]

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  1. Posted by Guest | November 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    He hasn't spoken to us in ages.

    – Trump's Own Failed Political Candidacies

  2. Posted by Reality Slinger | November 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    We have not heard a thing in years either.


  3. Posted by Im_a_Dude | November 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    is that a danish stapled to his head?

  4. Posted by Bandersnatch | November 7, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Winners, like North Vietnam?
    – Archie L

  5. Posted by the danish | November 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    not by choice

  6. Posted by princess1960 | November 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    i like D Trump ..2016 i will be with you (vote) for president ..USA ..

  7. Posted by guest | November 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

  8. Posted by Lowly Assistant | November 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    For the record, I think that princess 1960 (^^^) is onto something.

  9. Posted by VonSloneker | November 7, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Shut up! We didn't lose Vietnam. It was a tie.

    – Otto

  10. Posted by UFO | November 7, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Way to be the attitude that makes so many otherwse apolitical people simply hate the GOP. Donald and anyone giving him any press whatsoever should be shot.

    Except you Bess

  11. Posted by Head Squirrel | November 7, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Yeah, well, he never beat me.

  12. Posted by Rump | November 7, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    You must be his (next) eastern European wife?

  13. Posted by guest | November 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    2 guys that look like the guy who laid off your father. One is a toupee wearing JERK the other is a sneaky backstabbing election stealing JERK!

    RAND PAUL 2016!

  14. Posted by Ty Webb | November 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Is it lonely in your Ivory Tower?

  15. Posted by Ty Webb | November 8, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    you mean a donut without a hole?
    -Ty Webb

  16. Posted by guest | November 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Donald, might be disappointed, but on the bright side, he won't have to fork $5mln to charity to see Obama's student records.
    Also, he could try to sell Obama divorce papers on eBay. It's going to be HUGE.

  17. Posted by b_kosarpension | November 8, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    It's a 58-story mixed-use skyscraper… and it's IVORY… you tell me.

    – D Trump

  18. Posted by DMZ | November 8, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Poor Dad: I never heard of Donald Trump.
    Rich Dad: Donald is my best pal.
    Robert Kawasaki: I loaned Donald 500mln. to build big casino in Utah and expect him to repay me with huge interest.
    Big Bird: Donald just friended me on Facebook.

  19. Posted by buboe | November 8, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    It's k-k-k-ken c-c-coming to k-k-k-kill me!

  20. Posted by buboe | November 8, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Princess 1960 implies she's about 30 years too old for the Donald.
    Now Princess1992….