Trump, author of the autobiographical books "Trump: The Art of the Deal" and "Trump: Surviving at the Top," said in a series of interviews that he fared as well as he did largely because his bankers trusted and respected him. "They love me because I'm good and I'm honest," he said.
"I've developed a great respect for bankers," he added. Many Trump creditors gave a different explanation for the outcome. Mainly, they were guided by their fear of what might happen if their conflict with Trump escalated into a bitter bankruptcy proceeding, they said. "I did it because it was the only practical solution," said one banker, who declined to be identified.