Nearly two decades ago, Donald Trump tried to pick up Brooke Shields with a cheesy pickup line, the model said.
During her appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen on Tuesday, Shields said he called her in 1999, “right after he had gotten a divorce” from his second wife, Marla Maples.
“He said, ‘I really think we should date because you’re America’s sweetheart and I’m America’s richest man and the people would love it,'” she continued.
Shields politely turned down the offer, saying that she had a boyfriend at the time who probably wouldn’t like the idea. Shields and Trump were acquainted because Trump had made a cameo appearance in the first season of her NBC sitcom “Suddenly Susan.”
It is worth noting that Trump has never been ranked the richest man in America. According to the Los Angeles Times, Bill Gates topped Forbes rankings in 1999 with $85 Billion, while Warren Buffett came in second. Forbes rated Trump the 146th wealthiest person in America that year with a net worth of $1.6 billion, noting at the time that “He estimates his own net worth [at] ($4.5 billion). But no matter how hard we try, we just can’t prove it.”
Notably, in 2006 author Timothy O’Brien claimed in his book “TrumpNation” that Trump was only worth somewhere between $150 million and $250 million. Trump sued him for defamation, but lost.
Shields isn’t the only actress at the receiving end of Trump’s pickup lines. Last year, Salma Hayek said that Trump planted a National Enquirer story about her after she denied his date invitation.
“When I met that man, I had a boyfriend, and he tried to become his friend to get my home telephone number,” she said in an interview with a nationally syndicated Spanish radio show, according to BuzzFeed. “He got my number and he would call me to invite me out. When I told him I wouldn’t go out with him even if I didn’t have a boyfriend, [which he took as disrespectful], he called — well, he wouldn’t say he called, but someone told the National Enquirer. I’m not going to say who, because you know that whatever he wants to come out comes out in the National Enquirer.”
According to the 5-foot-two actress, the resulting story “said that he wouldn’t go out with me because I was too short.”
Emma Thompson also said the president once asked her out because he thought they would “get on very well.”
“I didn’t know what to do with myself!” Thompson said of the experience. “I was on my own and I said, ‘I’ll get back to you!'”
A representative for Trump has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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