WASHINGTON — Ron Insana, a CNBC senior analyst, called real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump “obnoxious” during a general session at the 2011 annual meeting of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU).
Members of the AALU, Reston, Va., completed their meeting here Wednesday.
Insana, who has repeatedly interviewed Trump while at CNBC, said Trump – a possible contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination — does not take well to aggressive questioning from reporters.
“If you’re kind to him he is nice to you,” Insana said. “If you ask him a tough question, he becomes an extremely obnoxious and spiteful individual. I have zero respect for the man.”
Insana also questioned Trump’s reputation in the real estate community. “If you talk to a Sam Zell or a Mort Zuckerman, who are genuine real estate magnates, they won’t even participate in a conversation with the guy,” he said.