Bloomberg Attacks Trump's Career: He Was a Real Estate 'Promoter,' Not a Developer
Presidential hopeful digs into Trump's past
White House hopeful Michael Bloomberg attempted to take a dig at President Donald Trump's real estate career on a late-night CBS show.
The 2020 Democrat slammed the president when CBS's Stephen Colbert asked about his relationship with Trump when he ran the nation's largest city.
"He was reasonably well-known. He was a real estate promoter," Bloomberg said.
"A lot of the buildings he didn't build; he just put his name on it."
Bloomberg added that Trump "has a reputation for not being scrupulous in how he counts strokes" on the golf course.
The former New York City mayor also claimed he didn't bother to keep Trump's personal cellphone number after the then-president-elect gave it to him before his inauguration.
The 2020 hopeful failed to qualify for the seventh primary debate because he was unable to meet the fundraising thresholds.
On Tuesday, he also revealed why he felt the need to apologize for the "stop-and-frisk" policies he introduced as mayor.
He said he implemented the measures to "stop the carnage" of a rampant homicide rate on his city's streets before realizing his police force "was getting out of control and doing it too much."
"If you can't apologize, I don't know how you live with yourself," he said.
Last year, the former New York mayor insisted that a portion of the American population would benefit from paying more taxes during an interview with the International Monetary Fund,
“Some people say, ‘Well, taxes are regressive.’ But in this case, yes they are,” Bloomberg told Christine Lagarde, then-managing director of the IMF, in April 2018.
“That’s the good thing about them because the problem is in people that don’t have a lot of money," he said.
"And so, higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves."
“So, I listen to people saying, ‘Oh, we don’t want to tax the poor.’ Well, we want the poor to live longer so that they can get an education and enjoy life."
“And that’s why you do want to do exactly what a lot of people say you don’t want to do.”
“If you raise taxes on full sugary drinks, for example,” Bloomberg added.