‘They say every powerful man is good in bed,’ I once asked Donald Trump. ‘That true?’
He smirked. ‘I think there is a certain truth to that, yes. Put it this way, I’ve never had any complaints. A lot of it is down to The Look. It doesn’t mean you have to look like Cary Grant, it means you have to have a certain way about you, a stature. I see successful guys who just don’t have The Look and they are never going to go out with great women.
‘The Look is very important. I don’t really like to talk about it because it sounds very conceited… but it matters.’
I spent well over 100 hours observing Trump in his former Celebrity Apprentice boardroom lair. First as a (winning) contestant in 2008, then as one of his advisors in every subsequent season.What is the Look? It is the demonstration of confidence in one's inherent superiority combined with a lack of shame in one's interest in women.
He was whip-smart, very funny and brilliantly provocative at creating compelling television drama.
He was also extremely charming when he wanted to be, especially with the female contestants. Many of them, including sports stars, actresses, supermodels and rock stars, ended up melting like fawning putty in Mr Trump’s famously delicate hands.
Even the legendarily ferocious comedienne Joan Rivers used to blush from his effusive compliments. I know, because I was there and saw it happen.
Part of this was because they wanted to win, obviously, so sought his approval.
But part of it was undeniably also because Trump is genuinely at ease with women and seems to love their company – unless it’s Rosie O’Donnell - as much as they enjoy his.