Why Donald Trump invited his interviewer into the bathroom


Motivational speaker Mel Robbins is known for appearances on CNN, but getting into the field was a total fluke. She also had an embarrassing moment with Donald Trump when he was her first big interview.

Speaking at the United Way’s Magnolia Luncheon at the Hyatt Pier Sixty-Six Resort, Robbins told how she was working as an executive coach when she saw an email from a friend about a journalist looking to talk to executive coaches. It was a month old and Robbins said she didn’t have the certifications, industry clients or geographic area the reporter was seeking.

“I thought, ‘What the hell,’ and I hit reply and she called me the next day,” Robbins said. Robbins didn’t get the landslide of clients she expected, but it led to her getting a deal with ABC to do celebrity interviews.

Robbins said she was sweating profusely when she showed up to her first interview at Trump Tower

She was escorted into Donald Trump’s office and he comes marching by brusquely and is told it was time to do the interview with Mel Robbins.

“Who the hell is he?” Trump asks.

Robbins said she actually ended up having a delightful conversation. “Who he is on television is exactly what he’s like in life,” she says.

She didn’t know quite how to react when he told her she needed to see something in his bathroom.

“What’s in your bathroom?” she asked.

“Your false eyelash has come off and it’s attached to your forehead,” Trump told her.

As the Pier Sixty-Six audience howls with laughter, Robbins says, “It was like a tarantula.”

Robbins, who was interviewed in the April issue of SFBW, is known for the five-second rule, which says the lack of action in five seconds leads to inaction.

She said she discovered it during a frustrating period of her life when her husband’s second restaurant had gone out of business. She would hit the snooze alarm to the point that her kids would miss the school bus. She also suffered from post partum depression and was on Zoloft for 20 years starting at around age 19.

She saw a rocket on a TV commercial and that inspired her to think, “I’m going to launch myself out of bed tomorrow morning like a rocket.”

“I went 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and stood up,” she says. Counting backwards is like pressing a reset button to shake worry.

If you want to know the secret of success in life, it’s pretty simple Robbins says: Just push yourself.


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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.