The many versions of a Donald Trump meeting

(CNN) Donald Trump’s meetings often end the same way — with two very different takeaways.

The billionaire businessman has a private conversation with a prominent figure. Afterward, the two sides offer vastly — sometimes comically — different versions of that interaction.

This routine was on display this week when Trump attacked the president of the Club for Growth for a meeting that took place earlier this year. And it could happen again Thursday, when Trump meets with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as the GOP quietly circulates a loyalty pledge to the party’s presidential candidates.

Trump’s approach illustrates how the real-estate mogul doesn’t follow the normal rules of the political game — a stye that’s thrilling many Republican primary voters and is helping rocket Trump to the top of national polls. But it’s also starting to grate on some of the leaders he’s meeting with.

“He’s the worst type of politician because he’ll think he can buy his way into what he wants and says whatever he thinks the audience wants to hear,” said David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth.

Trump tweeted that McIntosh was “pathetic.” His campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment on this story but here are some recent examples of the war of words that often emerge after a meeting with The Donald.

Sept. 1: Meeting with Javier Palomarez, CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Under fire from the Hispanic community for his tough rhetoric on immigration, Trump met privately in his New York office with Palomarez, discussing issues like immigration, the Hispanic electorate and the role of undocumented workers in the broader economy.

What they said:

“He jokingly said, ‘I don’t need the Hispanic vote.’ He was talking about his ratings and how he’s doing in the polls and arguing he’s doing fantastically. But he was joking.” (Palomarez to CNN after the meeting)

What Trump said:

“No, I never said you don’t need the Hispanics. I think I’m going to win the Hispanics. I never said that.” (Trump to CNN’s Don Lemon after the meeting)

Aug. 24: Meeting with Anthony Scaramucci, a national finance co-chairman for Scott Walker

Scaramucci, a hedge fund manager and high-profile Walker supporter, met with Trump at his office last month and expressed concern about some of the presidential candidate’s rhetoric towards his industry. (Trump has recently railed that hedge fund managers pay too little in taxes).

What they said:

“We met. I explained to him I am a very loyal person and could never walk away from a friend like Scott Walker. It was clear. How the story came out like that only Mr. Trump can say.” (Scaramucci to CNN on Wednesday)

What Trump said:

“He wants to drop Walker and go with me. He wants to endorse me. He said, ‘I want to drop Walker and endorse you.'” (Trump to the Wall Street Journal after the meeting)

July 8: Phone call with Reince Priebus, head of the Republican National Committee

The Washington Post reported in July that the head of the RNC spoke on the phone with Trump and that the two men discussed the candidate’s controversial remarks about immigration.

What they said:

“The head of the Republican National Committee, responding to demands from increasingly worried party leaders, spent nearly an hour Wednesday on the phone with Donald Trump, urging the presidential candidate to tone down his inflammatory comments about immigration that have infuriated a key election constituency.” (The Washington Post, citing “donors and consultants briefed on the conversation and confirmed by the RNC”)

What Trump said:

“Totally false reporting on my call with @Reince Priebus. He called me, ten minutes, said I hit a “nerve”, doing well, end!” (Trump on Twitter)

“He did say, ‘you know, you could keep it down a little bit, but you can’t change your personality and I understand that.’ It was really a nice call, a congratulatory call.” (Trump to CNN)

May 26: Meeting with David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth

Earlier this year, the head of the conservative advocacy group met with the billionaire in his New York City office.

What Trump said:

“The president of the pathetic Club For Growth came to my office in N.Y.C. and asked for a ridiculous $1,000,000 contribution. I said no way! When I intelligently turned down The Club For Growth crazy request for $1,000,000, they got nasty. What a waste of money that would have been.” (Trump on Twitter)

What they said:

“Actually @realDonaldTrump asked for that mtg & then asked for races he could support. Thought he could buy us off. Worst Kind of Politician” (Club for Growth on Twitter)

Resource: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/03/politics/donald-trump-2016-meetings/index.html

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