DONALD Trump and Mike Tyson had a bizarre “father-son” relationship which spilled over into chaos when the boxer almost killed himself after becoming convinced the President was sleeping with his wife.
The unlikely pair formed a close bond at Donald’s Trump Plaza Hotel at Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1988 where Tyson defended his world title against the then-undefeated former light-heavyweight champ Michael Spinks.
Getty – Contributor Donald Trump and Mike Tyson pose at a press conference in July 1988
After winning the fight in 91 seconds, Tyson ditched his coach manager Bill Cayton and hired Trump as his “chief strategist”.
Trump publicly gushed about his new pal, telling reporters Mike knew how to use “fear and outrage as a psychological weapon”, according to a report by Chris Ayres in the April issue of British GQ.
Ayres goes as far as to suggest Trump’s tactics of ridicule and intimidation which ultimately won him the keys to the White House came from Iron Mike.
“Mike would say things like, ‘When I hit him, he screamed like a woman’ or ‘I wanted to push his nose bone back into his brain’,” Trump wrote in his 1990 memoir Surviving At The Top.
AP:Associated Press Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson puts an arm around his wife, Robin Givens. Her mother, Ruth Roper looks on accompanied by Trump in 1988
“He [Tyson] was hoping that the reporters would print his outrageous remarks and that his next opponent would read them and become a beaten man.”
Trump noted how the press played along because such outlandish comments get ratings and sell newspapers “like nothing else”.
The same weapons Trump so used during his US election race, pummelling his Republican rivals and Hillary Clinton with a barrage of insults.
Although Tyson was said to have an “unsettling air”, novelist Joyce Carol Oates wrote that he was also extremely sensitive and intelligent.
Getty – Contributor Heavyweight challenger Tyrell Biggs with promoter Don King, Mike Tyson and Donald Trump during a 1987 press conference
And the difference between Trump, the privileged son of a millionaire, and Tyson, a fatherless ex-criminal raised by an abusive mother in a Brooklyn slum, could not be more stark.
But there were some similarities: Both motivated themselves to conquer their chosen fields with utter self-conviction and pomposity which has followed Trump into the White House.
The now-US president even adopted Tyson’s self-affirmations that he was a god, akin to legendary warrior Achilles, in his 1987 self-help book The Art Of The Deal.
In Surviving At The Top, Trump wrote: “He’s a professional warrior, yes, but he’s no semi-human being who was born to fight.
Getty – Contributor Trump gave Tyson a check for $10million (£7million) which the boxer ‘misplaced’
“He grew up on the mean streets where any sign of weakness could be fatal.”
They differed wildly when it came to money: Trump wrote of an odd incident where he handed Tyson a $10million (£7million) cheque after winning his fight against Spinks – but the boxer never cashed it.
It is unclear how the two met but Tyson trusted the property mogul enough by 1988, the year he knocked out Michael Spinks in 90 seconds, to install him as his “special adviser” after firing his long-term manager Bill Clayton.
But their cosy connections began to fall apart when Tyson reportedly convinced himself that his wife, Robin Givens, was sleeping with Trump.
Getty – Contributor Tyson installed Trump as his new adviser in 1988 after knocking out Michael Spinks in 90 seconds
In a heated discussion, a furious Tyson is said to have repeatedly asked Trump: “Are you f*****g my wife?”
Trump strongly denied his claims saying the “thoughts never appeared in his mind”.
Tyson later bizarrely drove his BMW into the tree while completely sober in a suspected suicide attempt and it’s rumoured that his paranoia about Trump was one of the causes.
Eus Tusk Pledges More Cooperation With Serbia Other Balkan Nations
BELGRADE – The European Union aims to further strengthen economic and other ties with Serbia and other nations in the Western Balkans as they edge toward eventual membership, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday.
Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro are all candidates to join the EU, but the region remains badly scarred by the ethnic wars of the 1990s and struggles to overcome a reputation for lawlessness.
Tusk, who chairs EU summits, said their membership bids would be promoted at a planned EU-Western Balkans summit on May 17 in Sofia, capital of neighboring Bulgaria, which joined the EU in 2007 and holds the bloc’s rotating six-month presidency.
Uk Minister Deeply Regrets Failing To Spot Scale Of Windrush Migrant Problem
LONDON – Interior minister Amber Rudd said on Wednesday she deeply regretted failing to realize there was a widespread problem that some Caribbean immigrants who have lived legally in Britain for decades were being labeled illegal immigrants.
Rudd told a parliamentary committee she had known about the problem for months and said officials were still checking how many people had been detained over their supposed immigration status.
“I look back with hindsight and I’m surprised I did not see the shape of it sooner,” Rudd said. “I bitterly, deeply regret that I didn’t see it as more than individual cases that had gone wrong that needed addressing. I didn’t see it as a systemic issue until very recently.”
Twitter Shares Fall On Outlook Of Slower Growth Rising Costs
– Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) shares fell about 5 percent Wednesday after the social network said its revenue growth would slow this year and costs rise as it works to fight the spread of hate speech and allegations of election manipulation through its service.
That outlook overshadowed the second profitable quarter in the 12-year-old company’s history, topping Wall Street estimates for revenue, profit and monthly active users, as advertisers in Asia and other markets outside the United States embraced its video ads.
Revenue growth for the remainder of 2018 will be similar to the slower rates of 2016, Twitter said. It said its tally of daily active users, a closely watched metric, grew 10 percent year-over-year, a slower pace of growth than the 12 percent to 14 percent maintained in recent quarters.
That slower user growth “has spooked investors,” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said.
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