A billionaire member of ex-president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club says life for the twice-impeached former president in Florida was filled with sycophants and hookers but lacked any real friendship.

Trump moved to Florida after leaving the White House in January 2021 despite having spent most of his life in New York City, where his family’s real estate and licensing business empire has been based for decades. He switched his primary residence to the Sunshine State out of frustration over investigations of his business practices by a series of New York law enforcement agencies and has made his home in Mar-a-Lago as integral to his political life as he sees it. to return to the White House.

But one former president’s club member, Jeff Greene, said Financial timing Trump’s life there seemed to consist mostly of meeting the people he nurtured to shower him with compliments.

“Everything was transactional. They wanted to be around him because he was a former president,” Greene said. “He likes people bowing down to him… and telling him how good he is.”

The billionaire investor says he doesn’t have much of a relationship with Trump, and cited his decision to run in the 2018 Florida GOP gubernatorial primary against Trump-backed Ron DeSantis.

He recalled how Trump still seemed to be against him two years later when he met the former president on the golf course.

“He looked at me and said, ‘How dare you come to this club!’ Then he just walked away,” she said.

Mr Greene added that the former president kept berating him about getting into electoral politics in the club dining room.

“He looked me in the eye and said, ‘You know, you spent all that money, millions and millions of dollars, and came in fourth. What a loser!’ In front of all my friends,” he recalled.

He added that his lack of a close relationship with Trump was evident during his tenure as president.

“I mean honestly, I have a friend who… plays golf with him all the time but you know, he never goes to the White House. I don’t even think he’s been invited,” she said.