It's amazing that Trump's style hadn't caught up with him after all these years. When NYC was reeling Trump brought his hubris to Manhattan and became a star in the city's economic resurgence. Of course it helped that the Donald knew the building & carting trade rackets and knew how to squeeze down hard on legal types and all others who got in his way. But, after bringing his talents to Atlantic City, the banking world fell for his "golden touch" " until Trump Casino filed bankruptcy.
I was a young Wall St. national accounts banker at the time, and that Trump bankruptcy taught my colleagues & me that the Donald was just a big-talking, swaggering, selfish empty suit with decidedly low credibility. Still, strangely, some other bankers kept lending to Trump Inc. & kept getting burned. Then Trump became a "reality" TV star (premise: anti-social behavior makes employees into superstars!) and every yokel who never knew his corporate & personal chicanery became smitten.
After that Trump & Putin began their strange bromance, and Trump's aspiration to construct Trump Tower Russia - a proposed on paper tallest skyscraper in Europe - became the collar & leash Putin needed to convert Trump into an oligarch envying subject. It helped that Putin's bank could pump billions to finance Trump's cooked-books ventures.
Well-backed by Putin's rubles, trained to lie cheat and defraud with impunity, it's no winder Trump believed he was Teflon, and believed Putin's whispers more than his Director of National Intelligence's AM briefings.
Putin and mafia dons may have imposing "leadership" styles that have "worked". Just like Trump's TV show rewarded "me-first, you-last" office behavior. Those behaviors would be disastrous if everyone embraced that style, but apparently it's been a winning style for the Donald. Trump's base doesn't care. They're not lending Trump Inc. their bank's assets, their just trying to give him more power over their world & country.