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“Go f*** yourself”, Frank Sinatra told Donald Trump

Donald John Trump is the 45th and current President of the United States, in office since January 20, 2017

Frank Sinatra was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century, forging a career as an award-winning singer and film actor.

President Donald Trump and the late legendary standards singer Frank Sinatra are known for their querulous, pugnacious attitudes. And it is almost a certainty that when the two once engaged in negotiations, four-letter words and physical violence can be expected.

Frank Sinatra told Donald Trump to “go f*** himself” after the now-President took issue with the singer’s financial demands, a new book has claimed.

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Old Blue Eyes was due to perform at the opening of Mr Trump’s Atlantic City casino in 1990 when the magnate was said to have told him his costs were “a little rich”. On hearing the news, Sinatra gave his manager Elliot Weisman – who has written the new book – two options, either to pass his message to Mr Trump or give him his number and he would do it himself.

According to a new autobiography by former Sinatra manager Eliot Weisman, “The Way it Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra” Trump attempted to lowball the singer during a negotiation over a forthcoming performance at the opening of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1990.

With a deal to perform all but signed, Weisman claims he found himself back at the negotiating table with the Trump team after the casino’s operator, Mark Grossinger Etess, died in a helicopter crash. Taking control of the situation, Trump brought in Weisman and — using the tactics laid forth in his then-new “Art of the Deal” — tried to lowball the manager of one of history’s most beloved and successful singers.

The Rat Pack: Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Joey Biship on the set of ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ in 1960 (Sid Avery/mptvimages.com)

The Rat Pack: Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Joey Biship on the set of ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ in 1960 (Sid Avery/mptvimages.com)

According to Weisman’s account, Trump called the rate for Sinatra’s series of 12 performances “a little rich,” pushing for a lower price. He also wanted to axe the included appearance of opening acts Steve and Eydie and Rat Packer Sammy Davis Jr., who had just been diagnosed with the cancer that would ultimately claim his life only months later. “Who’s Steve and Eydie?” Trump asked.

Weisman called Sinatra to tell him what had happened, and Sinatra told him he had two choices: to tell Trump to go f–k himself or give Trump’s phone number to Sinatra so that he could do it himself. Weisman returned to Trump’s office and told The Donald “Sinatra says go f–k yourself!”

The deal never happened and Sinatra ended up playing at the Sands in Atlantic City. Much to Weisman’s surprise, when Trump opened Mar-a-Lago, his office called him out of the blue because they needed an opening day act. He offered Don Rickles, along with Steve and Eydie. Trump accepted.

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