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Carly Simon reflects on her meeting with Donald Trump “He was all over me like an ugly ape”

The legendary singer-songwriter Carly Simon has reflected on meeting the then-TV star and now-President Donald Trump for the first time. She recalls that the 45th was “repulsive”

In a recent interview with The Guardian, the singer, famed for her iconic hits such as Bon theme ‘Nobody Does It Better’ and ‘You’re So Vain’, recalled her meeting the Apprentice star Trump at an event in New York.

Trump was still in that role of TV star when Simon crossed paths with him at a luncheon for Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s late prime minister. “When I came into the room, there was Trump and a whole bunch of New York dignitaries. Trump wasn’t paying any attention to me at all. Why would he?”

Simon continued, “Benazir Bhutto summoned me and asked me to go into the bedroom with her and so I went and we sat on the bed and she held my hands and said: ‘I just love your music.’ We talked about different songs that were her favourites and it maybe lasted three minutes.”

It was a mark of respect from Bhutto which obviously pricked the attention of Trump. As after the meeting he set his sights on Simon, “When I went out of the bedroom, obviously I had all of a sudden become important through the eyes of Donald Trump. So he was very anxious to meet me and invited me to Mar-a-Lago [his luxury estate in Florida] and was all over me like ugly on an ape.”

Simon shot down the offer almost instantly, “because I thought he was kind of repulsive”. It is yet another line in the long list of people who have had unsatisfactory meetings with Trump.

Listen to Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’ with ironic glee.

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