This is not an easy letter to write.
We’ve been friends for nearly a decade, since I competed in, and won, the first season of your Celebrity Apprentice show.
I hugely admire your talent, energy, chutzpah, determination and sheer force of personality.
In an increasingly politically correct world where the slightest slip of the tongue becomes an offence worthy of public social media execution, your straight-talking and refusal to apologise for anything is a breath of much needed fresh air, especially in the putrid atmosphere of Washington politics.
I also know you to be an incredibly loyal man, to family and friends.
Whenever I’ve been in the news for good or bad reasons, the one thing I can virtually guarantee is that you’ll either send me a note or give me a call to congratulate or commiserate.