Trump Makes Offer on Building at Center of Controversy Near Ground Zero

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Donald Trump is stepping into the fray over the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero. The business magnate and television personality sent a letter to one of the financial backers of the project proposing to buy the building where Park51 would be located.

Trump offered 25 percent more than what the building was bought for. In the letter he makes the offer because it will end a "very serious, inflammatory and highly divisive situation."

The letter was sent to Hisham Elzanaty, who told the Associated Press that he provided most of the money to purchase the property on Park Place. The Egyptian-born businessman, who lives in Long Island, says he would sell it if the price was right.

Trump included one condition to his offer: as part of the deal, the backers of the Islamic cultural center would have to promise that if any new mosque is constructed, it would have to be at least five blocks farther away from the World Trade Center site.

WNYC reached Elzanaty this afternoon and he says he doesn't have a comment yet.

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Comments [6]

ricque from Manhattan

We have got to show the world that the USA is the land of the free, by building the mosque near Ground Zero.

Sep. 10 2010 08:14 PM
James from New Zealand

Good market solution.

Maybe now we will be spared the silly and blatantly false objections to this so called "mosque" being built over TWO blocks away past the strip clubs which,it seems,are considered more sacred by gibbering morons who don't seem to know they live in know..the supposed "Land of the Free" (unless you are a Muslim),

Sep. 10 2010 03:15 PM

triumph of white racist chauvinist KKK White Knight hate money and exploitation over democracy truth and justice. the WTC was built over sacred Muslim graves. Now we can't even visit our own mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers who died on september 11 washing dishes mopping floors serving tables cooking your meals saving your lives or our brothers and sisters whom you enslaved.

Sep. 10 2010 12:58 AM
sal from Hancock N,Y

Mr. Trump don't you know that money cant buy everything
Here you are talking about peoples rites, pride, and religion if you think you will gain from this by waving around some of your cash you think again, Muslim don't need money they need a nice place to warship like the rest of our u.s.a citizens. Sal the Turk

Sep. 09 2010 11:37 PM
Clax from FL

Go Trump!!! Stand up for what is right!

Sep. 09 2010 05:44 PM

Donald Trump exclusive interview at Miss Universe 2010:

Sep. 09 2010 05:32 PM

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