Andrew Tesoro has done "business" with Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton brought him to the debate last night:
We have an architect in the audience who designed one of your clubhouses at one of your golf courses. It's a beautiful facility. It immediately was put to use. And you wouldn't pay what the man needed to be paid, what he was charging you to do...
TRUMP: Maybe he didn't do a good job and I was unsatisfied with his work...
CLINTON: Well, to...
TRUMP: Which our country should do, too.
CLINTON: Do the thousands of people that you have stiffed over the course of your business not deserve some kind of apology from someone who has taken their labor, taken the goods that they produced, and then refused to pay them?
I can only say that I'm certainly relieved that my late father never did business with you. He provided a good middle-class life for us, but the people he worked for, he expected the bargain to be kept on both sides.
And when we talk about your business, you've taken business bankruptcy six times. There are a lot of great business people that have never taken bankruptcy once. You call yourself the King of Debt. You talk about leverage. You even at one time suggested that you would try to negotiate down the national debt of the United States.
Tesoro designed the magnificent clubhouse at Trump's Golf Club in Westchester New York.
And Tesoro himself got a glowing personal letter of recommendation from Trump. He read a portion of the letter to Craig Melvin on MSNBC earlier today:
“…Mr. Tesoro is a fine architect with imagination and spirit. [The Clubhouse] fits perfectly on its glorious hilltop site…rooms are beautifully proportioned, light-filled spaces…Andrew Tesoro is a dedicated, enthusiastic, talented, and solid professional… a top-notch architect.” – Donald J. Trump
But Donald Trump weaselled his way out of paying what Tesoro charged for his services, "negotiating" the price down to less than a fourth of what was originally charged.
This seems to be Trump's "Art of the Deal" -- gain a product or services, don't pay, and when the far less wealthy tradesman wants his or her money, "negotiate" a lower price after the fact.
If it's done as a matter of original intent, it's fraud.
Remember what Michael Bloomberg said about Trump at the Democratic Convention: He's a con man.