Fos­ter re­grets keep­ing ad­vice from Trump

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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.”

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