WATCH: Steve Witkoff on his relationship with President Trump

The developer has long considered 45 a friend

Steve Witkoff knew Donald Trump long before he became President Trump. The two met for the first time when Witkoff was working as a lawyer at Dreyer & Traub, and to this day still considers him a good friend.

“I give him a tremendous amount of credit for persevering through this,” Witkoff said during an on-camera interview with The Real Deal’s Hiten Samtani. “I don’t think that the Russian thing is anything but a lot of hot air.”

Witkoff shared his thoughts on Trump’s first 100 days in office, a period that has arguably been defined by crises. Witkoff, however, views the president as holding down the fort with gusto.

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The developer heaped praise on the president’s inner circle, as well.

“I think Jared Kushner ought to be celebrated for leaving a multibillion-dollar family business and actually serving this country,” Witkoff said.

Watch the video above, and to see the conversation in full, click here.

Produced by Alistair Gardiner and Kerry Barger. Interview conducted by Hiten Samtani. 

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