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“Absolutely f---ng not,” the host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” told The Wrap. "I’ve been a New Yorker most of my life, [and] for better or worse Mr. Trump is a New Yorker. We know him well here.
“We’ve watched how he does business and we’ve watched him say things and then we’ve seen whether or not he did those things, we have seen how he treats the people he does business with. I would give the same answer that I would have given 10 years ago, when he was just as loathsome."
Bourdain said people he's met during his travels are anxious about Trump’s White House run.
“I mean, there is a sense of utter disbelief, everywhere I go, at Mr. Trump, that is for sure,” he said. "I mean, I’m talking among our allies, England, France, Germany, Italy."
“It’s the worst thing you can find,” Bourdain added. "It’s one thing to be despised or held in contempt or feared, but to be ridiculed or pitied is a terrible thing.
“Eight years ago, if a candidate for a major party was endorsed by the American Nazi Party and the Aryan Nation it’s something [major figures] would feel obliged to denounce. Now, that apparently isn’t reason enough to say anything.”
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“Honestly, that’s not the business I’m in,” he said, referencing his meal earlier this year with President Obama. "I mean [Obama] kind of fell in our lap. We didn’t reach out to the White House.
“I don’t think it’s something I’m anxious to do again. It’s something I’m really grateful I did this time around but it was an extraordinary occurrence.”
Obama dined with Bourdain at a restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam, last May. CNN aired an episode of “Parts Unknown” that included their meal late last month.