Foster regrets keeping advice from Trump
David Foster didn’t expect to encounter Donald Trump while playing a fundraiser at the U.S. president’s Florida estate earlier this year, but he wishes he’d passed on a shred of advice.
“What I wanted to say that night at Mar-a-Lago — which I didn’t say — is when you’re doing a concert, if the room hates you, you’re going to do a terrible job,” the Victoriaraised producer said during an interview earlier this week.
“It’s just the weight of the room hating you. The president is faced with a lot of hate, and I’m sure that’s weighing him down.”
Foster caught some backlash on social media in February after he headlined a charity event at what Trump calls his “winter White House.” The musician insists he didn’t know the president was planning to attend, though he’d already committed to performing in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute a year earlier.
The man behind Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing and Peter Cetera’s Glory of Love calls Trump an “associate” and “acquaintance” of nearly 20 years, but he’s backed away from links to Trump in the past.
In December, he posted a message on Instagram saying he’d “politely and respectfully declined” an offer to participate in Trump’s inauguration — a statement that followed rumours that he was helping to line up performers for ceremonies linked to Trump’s taking office.
“I live in America and I have an American passport as well as a Canadian passport. He’s my president, and that’s the end of the story,” Foster said.
“I’m a Democrat so, you know, that could almost start and end this conversation.”