Found another story.You'll have to show me that. And if you're speaking of being in competition with, and enjoying a victory over your competitor, I commend him even more. I don't associate that with "screwing". And, that is EXACTLY what we need to do with all the countries that have been claiming victory over us for the past 50 years. We need to start winning. Winning isn't screwing. It's out-negotiating and manipulating them. It's a skill to make a business deal, come out ahead, and have everyone satisfied at the results. It's what he does and it's what WE need as a country.
“I sent a bill. It wasn’t paid,” said architect Andrew Tesoro, whose small firm was hired by Trump to design the clubhouse for a Trump golf course.
After having his work applauded by Trump himself, according to Tesoro, Trump’s people offered him about a third of what he was owed. He reluctantly accepted. That wasn’t paid either, he says. When Tesoro finally met with Trump, Trump bullied him with a "take-it or leave-it" offer of just half the already-agreed-upon lower amount. “Mr. Trump’s attorney said that if I were to sue the Trump organization, I would probably get that money, but he made very clear to me that it was his job to make sure that it took me so long and so much money that I was probably wise to accept this very meager sum of money. … It almost put me out of business.”
Trump asserts that lawsuits are just a natural part of doing business. But few companies are as litigious as Trump.
Of course, some lawsuits are inevitable, especially in a business serving the public, like real estate. There are inevitable “trip-and-fall” lawsuits and suits against deadbeat tenants. But according to USA TODAY's analysis, Trump and his company were involved in more lawsuits than five top real estate moguls combined. And in many, he was being sued for non-payment of fees or wages.
What emerges is an inescapable pattern: Trump uses lawsuits and the threat of lawsuits as an intentional, bullying business practice.
“Smart people avoid lawsuits at all costs,” said Trippe Fried, a New York-based attorney serving entrepreneurial companies. “A lawsuit is an inefficient way to accomplish a business end. It’s the hallmark of a poor businessman to use the litigation system unless there are no other viable options available.”
Moreover, Trump’s company has declared bankruptcy four times, and bankruptcy is terrible for a company’s small-business vendors. I know how that feels. In late 2006, the distributor for my small publishing company declared bankruptcy, and it was a terrifying and expensive experience. I also learned that bankruptcy is a heavy-handed strategy often used by unscrupulous business people to get out of paying people what they’re owed.
The best business — ethical business — depends on relationships and trust. Especially for a small-business owner, who can rarely afford the time or immense trouble of a lawsuit, a contract or a deal is only as reliable as the people involved. Trump does not appear to be trustworthy in his business dealings.
Since I read USA Today , most of the stories I know of are from there. But, here are some other sources that I did not read.
Donald Trump took $150,000 after 9/11 because he was a small business.
We've documented how Donald Trump's affinity for the tragedy of 9/11 and the victims of that terrorist attack is closely linked to whatever political benefit he can gain from that association. He didn't attend memorial services for police or fire fighters or for any of the "hundreds of friends" that died that day. He gave a pittance to 9/11 charities, 100% of that donation went to the Church of Scientology. He lied relentlessly about watching "thousands" celebrated in Jersey City or watching people jump to their death from the windows of his residence. Not only has he traded on their deaths, he has had a personal financial benefit from 9/11.