Donald Trump: I can’t stand firing people


Kramer Phillips

New York real estate mogul Donald Trump, who is known for the catchphrase “You’re Fired!,” isn’t a big fan of having to let people go. “I do have a heart, and I don’t like firing people,” he recently told ABC News’ “20/20.” “I usually like to do it very, very soft, softer than ‘The Apprentice.’”

That statement may be hard to take seriously, especially from a guy that will do just about anything to cultivate his tough public persona. The businessman went on an anti-Obama rant on election night as it became clear that President Barack Obama would be elected to a second term in the White House.

“We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!” Mr. Trump tweeted. “Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us. We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!”

Most of the time, however, Mr. Trump said he drops all of this bravado when he has to fire someone. In fact, the reality TV star admitted that he has taken employees out to dinner before firing them to lessen the pain of being let go.

“The bottom line is, once you say, essentially, ‘You’re fired,’ no matter how nice it is, nobody really likes you,” Mr. Trump noted.

However, the real estate mogul said he has no problems being a tough guy if someone has done something to really deserve being fired.

“If somebody does something bad, if there’s theft involved, if there’s good reason, I do it very much like ‘The Apprentice,’ if not even worse,” Mr. Trump admitted.

The business mogul isn’t the only billionaire to express his discomfort with firing people.

“I love when you hire somebody, I love helping make people successful,” Mark Cuban told ABC News’ Cecilia Vega. “And if I fired you, I failed as much as you have, probably even more. Because my job is to put you in a position to succeed.”

Mr. Cuban, who is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has also probably had to fire a significant number of people in his lifetime. The businessman compares firing someone to ending a relationship.

“I’d say, ‘Look, I’m sorry. You know, it’s not working.’ It’s like breaking up with a girlfriend. ‘It’s not you, it’s me,’” Mr. Cuban added. “It’s just not comfortable.”

As the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts, Mr. Trump has probably fired quite a few people in his lifetime. While being fired is no day in the park, being let go by “The Donald” would be an experience that few would ever wish to go through.

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