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Early in 1989, when (Donald) Trump’s bank account was still bulging, a writer asked Trump the inevitable question about what horizons were left to conquer.

“Right now, I’m genuinely enjoying myself,” Trump replied. “I work and I don’t worry.”

“What about death?” the writer asked. “Don’t you worry about dying?”

Trump dealt his stock answer, one that appears in a lot of his interviews. “No,” he said. “I’m fatalistic and I protect myself as well as anybody can. I prepare for things.” This time, however, as Trump started walking up the stairs to have dinner with his family, he hesitated for a moment. “No,” he said finally, “I don’t believe in reincarnation, heaven or hell—but we go someplace.” Again a pause. “Do you know,” he added, “I cannot, for the life of me, figure out where.”

Donald Trump, investor and businessman quoted in Pursuit magazine in an adaptation from the book What Jesus Would Say, by Lee Strobel, Zondervan, 1994.

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