Democratic hopeful Mike Bloomberg and President Donald Trump have been locked in a bitter war of words ahead of the 2020 Election, but a new exposé reveals the two billionaires have never been fond of one another - despite spending decades in the same New York City social circles.
The pair have been pictured together at parties and on golf courses over the years, and several of their children are known to be close friends.
But sources told The Wall Street Journal Sunday that the relationship between Bloomberg, 78, and Trump, 73, was one of convenience and that they soon became locked in a power play exacerbated by their very different tastes, temperaments and backgrounds.
While Trump is known for his love of gaudy gold fixtures, McDonald's cheeseburgers, and hate-watching cable TV, Bloomberg fancies himself as a purveyor of far more refined tastes.
According to the Journal, he has a 'conservatively' decorated townhouse, as well as an aversion to spending time in front of the screen.
'Mike's more intellectual, more of a refined billionaire, [whereas] Donald's more of a blue-collar billionaire,' developer Don Peebles told the publication.
Trump was New York's most famous developer, Bloomberg was its Mayor. Their power struggle is mapped out across the city across the first decade of the 2000s
But sources told The Wall Street Journal Sunday that the relationship between Bloomberg, 78, and Trump, 73, was one of convenience and the pair privately 'disdained' one another. They are pictured in 2007
Trump made sure he was in Bloomberg's good books in 2001 (pictured) before he took the Mayor's office. 'I think in New York City real estate, developers are forced into a position where they try to be accommodative to the politicians,' attorney Stephen Meister stated.
Ironically, Bloomberg grew up in a working-class Boston family, while Trump came from money and enjoyed immense privilege from the very beginning.
Despite their innate difference, the pair attempted to forge a mutual relationship of convenience - particularly throughout Bloomberg's 12 year tenure as New York City Mayor.
'I think in New York City real estate, developers are forced into a position where they try to be accommodative to the politicians,' attorney Stephen Meister stated.
However, from the very first year that Bloomberg headed up City