This Is What Paris Hilton Thinks About Donald Trump

It feels like everyone has an opinion on Donald Trump, and as we've seen with Colin Powell, it will come out whether you want it to or not. One celebrity made news Wednesday when she shared her views on Trump during an interview on CNBC: What Paris Hilton said about Trump might come as a surprise, but only if you don't know about the Hiltons and Trumps' friendship.

The interview was with Kelly Evans and Bill Griffeth on CNBC’s Closing Bell. Here's what Hilton said:

I’ve known him since I’m a little girl. He’s a very nice man. You know, I think on TV people like to say things about certain people, but he’s actually a very sweet person. I like him a lot.

That doesn't mean that she's voting for him, though. She decided to keep that tidbit to herself. "My mom always told me not to talk about money or politics," she quipped after being asked by Evans, "Would you vote for him?"

You might be surprised to hear such nice words about Trump, but when they're coming from Hilton, it's not surprising. The two have known each other since she was 12. Through the years the Hiltons and Trumps have run in the same circles in New York City, and as a teenager she began modeling for Donald Trump's modeling agency, T Management; it was her first modeling gig.

In an interview with Howard Stern, Trump once explained how beautiful Hilton is to him:

Now, somebody who a lot of people don’t give credit to but is in actuality very beautiful is Paris Hilton. I’ve known Paris Hilton from the time she’s 12, her parents are friends of mine, and the first time I saw her she walked into the room and I said, "Who the hell is that?" At 12, I wasn’t interested… but she was beautiful.

Trump also provided one of the quotes on the cover of her book Confessions of an Heiress. "I have known Paris Hilton for much of her young life and have always recognized her as a great beauty. What people don't know is that she is a great beauty on the inside as well," he says.


Ivanka Trump has also been connected with Hilton. A "Page Six" photo shows Hilton at a party with Ivanka, and The Daily Beast reported they were once "BFFs." The two have had their ups and downs, though. In 2007, Ivanka said that she didn't want to be compared to Hilton anymore. "I think we are totally different individuals," Ivanka told the London Express. "If I were to go off the rails and become this party kid, I would not be able to afford my lifestyle. I’ve never had a sense of entitlement."

In the end, the good vibes remain between Donald and Hilton. In part it could be because they're so similar. Both inherited a lot of money and went on to open their own businesses. Or it's their common space of the New York social scene. Either way, Hilton thinks he's "nice."