by James A. Kidney
Poor Donald Trump. He appears to have no close friends. That wouldn’t matter to us — except that he has a real shot at becoming our next president. So it does matter — a lot.
Does he have close friends? A Google search suggests not. Take it from folks who call him a friend but, on closer examination, appear to be more in the nature of golfing partners with whom he has a business interest, such as Richard LeFrak, identified by The New York Times as “a fellow real estate tycoon who has known Mr. Trump for more than 40 years” (Trump identified LeFrak to the Times as one of two people, plus his wife and children, he called his best friends. The other one wouldn’t talk to the newspaper.)
“He’s very gregarious and has lots of acquaintances,” LeFrak told The Times. “But people that he’s close to? Not so many.” The Times report concluded that Trump’s “actual social circle has a fairly small diameter — even in his hometown, New York.”