Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy, a long-time friend of President Donald Trump, said on Monday that the Trump family is like “American royalty,” according to Newsweek.
In remarks to the BBC, Ruddy — who attended a state banquet at Buckingham Palace alongside the Trumps — explained that the first family is “used to very high living,” much like the British royalty.
"The Trumps and Ivanka was there. Don Jr.—I spoke to them all last night—Jared. They were so impressed and these are folks not easily impressed," Ruddy said.
The CEO added: "Remember they have their own ballrooms and palaces and they have wonderful homes like Mar-a-Lago, where I am a member. So they are used to very high living, sort of American Royalty, should we say.”
Ruddy also said he believes Trump admires the royal family’s “brand,” saying: "This is a president that loves brands. The Queen has the greatest brand in the world, doesn't she? I think he is just super impressed by that.”
The “American royalty” got off to a bumpy start on this trip to the U.K., Newsweek noted, as Trump took to Twitter attacking London Mayor Sadiq Khan, calling the official a “stone cold loser.”