A 2010 Trump Tower meeting reportedly went sideways after a guest spilled Diet Coke on his carpet
- Several graduates from President Donald Trump's high school reportedly attended a contentious meeting during which one of the alumni spilled a glass of Diet Coke on Trump's carpet, according to a Washington Post report.
- It happened as a group of graduates from the New York Military Academy, the private boarding school Trump attended as a boy, reportedly sought a R99 million donation from Trump.
- One of the alumni reportedly spilled a glass of Diet Coke on a cream-coloured carpet. Trump was not pleased, according to the report.
Several graduates from Donald Trump's high school reportedly attended a contentious meeting during which one of the alumni spilled a glass of Diet Coke on Trump's carpet, according to a Washington Post report published Tuesday.
In 2010, a group of graduates from the New York Military Academy, the private boarding school Trump attended as a boy in the late 1950s, reportedly sought a R99 million donation from Trump. The school faced a significant debt at the time, and would temporarily close in 2015 after filing for bankruptcy due in part to its R227 million debt.
During the meeting at Trump's office in Manhattan, alumnus Richard Pezzullo spilled a glass of Diet Coke on the cream-coloured carpet, two people who attended the meeting told The Post. Trump reportedly responded to the spillage of his go-to beverage with strong language.
"What do I get for my R99 million," Trump reportedly said, after the group made its request.
Academy officials reportedly conveyed an offer to dedicate the school's summer programme or its buildings in honour of Trump, but the real estate mogul turned down the offer.
"It's not a good business proposition," Trump said at the time, according to Pezzullo. "The school has had a good run."
The group later met with Michael Cohen, Trump's then-attorney, who would unmistakably reject its offer. The longtime Trump lawyer said Trump "would love to have enough money to buy the school so he could bulldoze it," Pezzullo recalled to The Post.
Trump's academic record received renewed scrutiny after Cohen testified that he previously threatened to take legal action against his schools. During his testimony before the House Oversight Committee last week, Cohen claimed Trump instructed him to send letters to "high school, colleges, and the College Board not to release his grades or SAT scores".
Trump frequently attacks his political opponents' intelligence and achievements, often while exaggerating his own. In 2011, Trump accused President Barack Obama of being a "terrible student" and goaded him to release his academic records from Columbia University and Harvard Law School.
"How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard," Trump reportedly said to the Associated Press in 2011. "I'm thinking about it, I'm certainly looking into it. Let him show his records."
Obama graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School. He was president of the Harvard Law Review, a student-run, highly-competitive writing competition that publishes a legal journal under the banner of the Ivy League university.
Numerous US Supreme Court Justices have contributed to the Harvard Law Review during their time in law school, including Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Antonin Scalia.
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