Donald Trump Won't Be Stepping Out With Mitt Romney Anytime Soon Because He "Doesn't Like To Be Associated With Failure"

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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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