If They Weren’t His Apprentice Winners, Trump Might Call Them ‘Losers’

A new way to measure Donald Trump’s business-savvy leadership: His reality-TV protégés
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Donald Trump’s main qualification for president, according to Donald Trump, is the business genius behind his debatable fortune worth uncertain billions. And the most visible showcase for this acumen is The Apprentice, a long-running TV competition over which he presides as host, judge, and executioner. Episodes typically end with the ritual firing of a contestant until a single person prevails in what Trump heralds as the “ultimate job interview.” The prize: a one-year gig running one of Trump’s various corporations.

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