Donald Trump had a very special grand finale at his press conference on Thursday at Trump Tower in New York City.
Moments after he seemingly finished his remarks and walked away from the podium, Trump returned to the microphone with a man at his side. Trump introduced his special guest who had been standing behind him during the event.
“The speaker of the house of Indonesia, he’s here to see me. Setya Novanto, one of the most powerful men and a great man,” Trump explained. “And his whole group is here to see me today. And we will do great things for the United States is that correct?”
“Yes,” Novanto answered.
Trump had another question for his guest.
“Do they like me in Indonesia?” he asked.
“Yes, highly,” Novanto said. “Thank you very much.”
Following the event, Business Insider spoke with another one of the members of the Indonesian delegation who came to meet with Trump, Fadli Zon, the vice chairman of Indonesia’s House of Representatives. Zon explained Trump’s appeal in Indonesia, where the real-estate mogul has a number of ventures.
“I think we like him because he’s also invested in Indonesia. He has some projects in Bali and West Java, so he’s a friend of Indonesia,” Zon said. “I think he is also very famous with his show and, of course, Indonesian people, when they talk about a millionaire or billionaire, what will pop up in their minds first is Donald Trump.”
Zon and some members of his delegation were carrying one of the ornate gift bags from the Trump Tower shop. He said he hadn’t opened it and wasn’t sure what was inside. Zon tried to peek inside, but the ribbon and tissue paper prevented him from getting a quick look.
President Barack Obama grew up in Indonesia and has a fan base there. Because of this, Business Insider asked Zon whether Trump’s repeated shots at Obama have hurt his standing in the country. Zon said Indonesians appreciate both men.
“Obama is also a friend of Indonesia,” said Zon. “The election in United States is, of course, up to the people of the United States, but we care about people who care also about Indonesia. So, Obama is our friend. Donald Trump is also our friend.”
Zon also said he doesn’t think Trump’s controversial positions on immigration will affect his standing in Indonesia.
“I think what he said is fine. What he said is ‘illegal immigrants,’ he has no problem with the other people, with foreign people, with immigrants as long as it’s legal,” Zon explained. “So, I think it’s very normative, a very good thing to say. I think it’s very universal.”