By now, most people have their own opinion about president Donald Trump based on what they’ve seen from his policies and what they’ve seen from his televised speeches.
Trump’s election was one of the most controversial in history given the billionaire’s lack of political experience, and after more than 100 days in office, the controversy hasn’t died down. Trump remains very unpopular in the eyes of the media, and his approval ratings with the general public remain among the lowest in history for a president.
But when it comes to Trump, is what you see truly what you get, or is there another side to the New York mogul? We’re taking a look at 10 people who knew Donald Trump before he got into office to give you a better picture of who he was before taking the oath of office.
10. Nicole Miller – He’s A Nice Guy!
The fashion designer has only kind things to say about Trump, ranging from her praise of him as a family man through her interactions with his daughter Ivanka to how he treated her and a friend when they flew on his plane.
“He was a very gracious host,” Miller said. “He made sure we were well-attended to and taken care of.”
However, he didn’t exactly interact much with her on the flight.
“I remember thinking he was a guy’s guy because he watched a game on the entire flight to Puerto Rico,” she remembered.
Trump might have made a great impression on Miller, but that wasn’t the case with No. 9.
9. Mark Bowden – He’s A Dick
The former writer for Playboy didn’t have much of an opinion of Trump after meeting with him for a piece on Trump’s comeback in the late 1990s. Bowden found the billionaire both vain and dishonest, with several of his stories not matching reality.
“Time after time the stories he told me didn’t check out, from Michael Jackson’s romantic weekend at Mar-a-Lago with his then wife Lisa Marie Presley (they stayed at opposite ends of the estate) to the rug in one bedroom he said was designed by Walt Disney when he was 18 (it wasn’t) to the strength of his marriage to Maples (they would split months later),” Bowden wrote.
8. Joe Scarborough And Mika Brzezinski – He’s Changed
The headliners of MSNBC’s Morning Joe have made no secret of their past friendship with Trump, as both have known him for over 10 years and have reported being shocked by what they’ve seen from him in public.
Both have claimed they were hopeful that Trump would back down from his campaign persona and become the measured, thoughtful person they said they knew privately, and both have expressed disappointment that they continue to not recognize the president compared to the private citizen.
Find out about the guy Donald Trump fired who became one of Trump’s biggest fans in slide 7!
7. Bradford Cohen – He Fired Me, But I Love Him
The Fort Lauderdale attorney was a contestant on the second season of Trump’s hit show The Apprentice for all of two episodes… despite getting an exemption in the first episode.
He chose to waive the exemption and Trump fired him for it, calling it a stupid decision.
But there were no hard feelings, as Cohen proudly displayed a Trump banner outside his office throughout the campaign and Trump now calls him a “smart guy who’s doing fantastic things.”
“Maybe it’s because I know him, but I just think he is going to be an amazing leader,” Cohen said.
6. The Apprentice Producers – Nice Enough, We Guess
The Apprentice was a major building block for Trump and introduced him to a new audience, many of whom decided they loved the brash billionaire. The producers had a harder time reaching a decision.
“To be honest, he really was nice,” one producer said. “On TV, he looks like a posh, fancy guy, but when the cameras are off, he’s a regular guy. He is like an everyman.”
Others weren’t fond of him. “He is a typical politician. He’ll only talk to you if he needs something from you. If he doesn’t, he won’t.”
Take a look at No. 5 to see what another businessman thinks of Trump!