Politicians can bend the rules to fit their agenda and Trump is no exception. Although money is the accepted medium of exchange in society, Trump tried to settle a deal with his attorney by offering his horses for legal services.
In a book by David Enrich titled, Servants of the Damned: Giant Law Firms, Donald Trump and the Corruption of Justice, Trump owed $2 million to “a lawyer at a white-shoe firm” in the 1990s.
The attorney visited the Trump Tower to collect his money. To his surprise, Trump proposed an odd counteroffer. “‘I’m not going to pay your bill. I’m going to give you something more valuable,’ Trump stated. ‘What on earth is he talking about?‘ the lawyer thought. ‘I have a stallion,’ Trump continued. ‘It’s worth $5 million.’ Trump rummaged around in a filing cabinet and pulled out what he said was a deed to a horse. He handed it to the lawyer.”
Should the attorney start a farm or fight back? He was unwilling to negotiate anything other than monetary payment. “This isn’t the 1800s. You can’t pay me with a horse,” the shocked attorney replied. He threatened to escalate it into a legal dispute if the payment isn’t processed.
Trump eventually opened up his funds to settle the pending balance.
This case isn’t the only messy legal situation with Trump, as he has an ongoing struggle securing lawyers since they fear not getting compensated for their services. Justifiably, the legal team does not want to negotiate millions of dollars with horses.