Trump: What's the Deal?
|Trump: What's the Deal?|
|Written by||Jesse Kornbluth|
The Deadline Company
2015 (online release)
Trump: What's the Deal? is an American documentary film about Donald Trump's business projects, finances, and relationships. The documentary film was made for television, but was never broadcast. It was screened in 1991 and released online in 2015.
In 1989, the producers were unable to find a TV station that would broadcast the documentary film after syndicator LBS Communications pulled out. Executive producer Ned Schnurman claimed this happened under pressure of Trump, which both Trump and Henry Siegel of LBS denied.
In 2015, after Donald Trump announced he would run for president of the United States, TV stations would still not broadcast the documentary. The 80-minute documentary film was then released online with the tagline "The new Trump. The old Trump. The same Trump.".
David Cay Johnston wrote in The National Memo that "the documentary shows Trump manipulating politicians and the criminal justice system, pocketing millions in taxpayer welfare, not paying people he hired, doing some of his biggest deals with mobsters, retaining a cocaine dealer as his helicopter pilot, and evidently benefiting from having his sister working in the Justice Department before winning appointment as a federal judge."
Leonard Stern, a business rival of Donald Trump, provided financing. According to Schnurman, Stern had promised not to interfere with the film making process. The costs were initially estimated at $350,000, but the film eventually cost $600,000.
- David Cay Johnston, "Trump: Documentary The Donald Suppressed, Free At Last", The National Memo, August 1, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
- James Barron, "TV Film on Trump Can't Find a Station", The New York Times, August 19, 1989. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
- Susan Heller Anderson, "Chronicle", The New York Times, July 5, 1991. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
- Jesse Kornbluth, "25 Years Ago, A Documentary Called ‘Trump: What’s the Deal?’ Told The Truth About Trump. Trump Threatened To Sue. It Was Never Shown. You Can See It Now.", The Huffington Post, April 19, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
- Charlie Lyne, "Trump: What’s the Deal?: a distinctly 90s takedown", The Guardian, August 15, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2017.