He added: “Michael Jackson was actually a very good friend of mine.
“You know, when he died people would come on and talk about him – people who didn’t know him very well.”
Trump continued: “Because very few people got to know Michael Jackson but he was an unbelievably talented guy and he lost his confidence.
“He lost all his confidence. Honestly because of bad, bad, bad surgery. He had people that did numbers on him that was just unbelievable.
“And when you lose your confidence in something you can even lose your talent.”
Serial name-dropper Trump’s comments prompted Jacko’s brother Jermaine Jackson to fly into a fury yesterday.
Former Jackson 5 singer Jermaine, 61, vented on Twitter that Trump was a ‘fool’ who needed to ‘sit down’ when it came to talk of his brother.