Simon recalled the time she met Trump, many years before he was president, at a luncheon in New York in honor of Pakistan's then-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. She said Trump initially "wasn’t paying any attention" to her at all, but suddenly did after having a private conversation with Bhutto.
"I had all of a sudden become important through the eyes of Donald Trump," Simon said. "So he was very anxious to meet me and invited me to Mar-a-Lago [his luxury estate in Florida] and was all over me like ugly on an ape."
"When he’s interested in a subject and he’s talking about it to a woman, there’s a different energy that comes across," Simon explained. "He has 'the glint' and he can't help himself. It's charisma. His face changes. He doesn’t look the same. His energy comes through the expressions of his mouth and his eyes. He lights up a room with his energy."
As The Guardian reported, Simon was "dismayed" by the idea that the former president essentially was "banished to exile" at a time when many public figures are being held accountable for alleged sexual misconduct.