- Barbara Res, a real estate executive who worked for President Donald Trump, said he once complained to her about seeing a Black construction laborer working on one of his Trump Tower buildings.
- “I don’t want people thinking Trump Towers are being built by Black people,” Res said Trump told her.
- Trump also said he didn’t want Black people lounging in his building lobbies, according to Res.
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A real estate executive who worked at the Trump Organization said President Donald Trump once complained about seeing a Black construction laborer working on one of his buildings.
“I never want to see that again,” Trump said, according to former Trump Organization vice president Barbara Res, who appeared on a Daily Beast podcast.
“I don’t want people thinking Trump Towers are being built by Black people,” Trump told Res.
Trump also said he didn’t want Black people lounging in his building lobbies, according to Res. “Millionaires are coming into my apartment,” she claimed Trump once told her.
Neither the White House nor the Trump Organization immediately responded to Business Insider’s requests for comment.
Res, who oversaw construction and development for the Trump Organization, is the author of a book called “Tower of Lies: What My Eighteen Years of Working With Donald Trump Reveals About Him.“
In an interview with Business Insider last month, Res said Trump refused to listen to expert advice, hired unqualified people based on how loyal to him they appeared, disrespected his employees, and used racist language.
Once Res invited a Black man to interview for a clerk position under her. The man waited in the Trump Tower lobby before the interview began. Trump called her into his office after the man left, she told Business Insider.
“I went in to see Donald and he was livid,” Res said, adding that he shouted at her.
“Don’t you ever do that again,” she said he told him. “Don’t ever do that again. I don’t want Black kids sitting in my lobby where millionaires are coming in to buy apartments.”
Over the near four years of Trump’s presidency, reporters and family members have documented and shared other examples of racist language he’s used in the past.
Trump’s niece, Mary, for example, said in July that her family frequently used racist and anti-Semitic slurs when she was younger.
“Growing up, it was sort of normal to hear them use the N-word or use anti-Semitic expressions,” she said in an interview with the Washington Post.
Trump as president has often referred to the coronavirus, which originated in China, as the “kung flu.”
And two years ago, Trump referred to a group of African nations as “shithole countries.” After this comment, African leaders decided he was racist. Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa’s governing African National Congress, said his remarks were “really, really derogatory, and highly offensive.” And Nigeria’s foreign minister called his remarks “deeply hurtful, offensive and unacceptable.”