President Donald Trump is known for his way with words. His stream of consciousness ramblings and Twitter decrees are now apart of American history. But a recent Trump-ism hit close to home for Manhattanites — especially Manhattanites used to swilling $25 martinis.
NBC News reports that during a recent meeting with advisors, Trump compared the U.S.’s Afghanistan war policy to a renovation that occurred at the 21 Club 30 years ago.
“Officials said Trump kept stressing the idea that lousy advice cost the owner [of the 21 Club] a year of lost business and that talking to the restaurant’s waiters instead might have yielded a better result,” NBC reports. “He also said the tendency is to assume if someone isn’t a three-star general he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and that in his own experience in business talking to low-ranking workers has gotten him better outcomes.”
The reference is apparently to when the 21 Club closed for two months back in 1987. The restaurant’s owner hired a pricy consultant, only to find out the that consultant’s only recommendation was to build a bigger kitchen, according to Town & Country.
“The clear message if you heard the story was: high-priced consultants or high-priced anybody, expensive supposedly-big-brained people, but who are physically far from the source of the problem, often give you much worse advice than the supposedly low-ranking guys who are right there,” an official told NBC. [NBC]