An interview with Trump’s right hand man Michael Cohen from the Jewish Chronicle Online:
Michael Cohen doesn’t sleep much. As Donald Trump’s right-hand man, there’s no time to do so at the moment.
In his own words, as Trump’s Special Counsel and Executive Vice President of the Trump Organisation, he handles “everything” that personally affects the Republican candidate, who is currently the frontrunner for the US presidency.
It’s a wide job description but one to which he has grown accustomed. Speaking from his plush New York office, the 49-year-old answers the phone call with a strong, emphatically American: “Mike Cohen”.
He’s firm, brusque and refreshingly free of insipid lines. It’s clear he’s got a long list of things to do today. “I’m really busy,” he says. “I don’t really sleep much. I am used to living this life, with only a few hours’ of sleep.”
And though Cohen is still a registered Democrat who voted to elect Barack Obama in 2008, he’s confident in his belief that the next inhabitant of the White House will be the brash, uncompromising, worryingly unpredictable property tycoon.
“I was hoodwinked by Obama’s mantra of ‘change’,” he says, explaining his disappointment with the current president. But nothing compares to the reaction of Cohen’s boss when he suffers disappointments. “The toughest challenge is that Mr Trump demands 100 per cent perfection all the time. Mr Trump is a results-orientated boss – someone you do not want to disappoint.”
It cannot be an easy environment to work in, so has he ever considered quitting? “Never,” he says.
“Over the years I have been offered very lucrative employment opportunities, which I summarily dismissed. To those of us who are close to Mr Trump, he is more than our boss. He is our patriarch.”