Donald Trump offers solution to building a mosque so close to 9 11 site Ground Zero
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Donald Trump, real estate tycoon and reality show star, has offered a peaceful alternative to the insensitive building of a mosque two blocks away from the New York site of the radical Islamic attack on the World Trade Center towers. He is offering to buy the property at a premium provided the mosque or Islamic community center is built at least five blocks away from Ground Zero.
ABC News reported that Hisham Elzan was not thrilled with the offer: “This is just a cheap attempt to get publicity and get in the limelight,” said Wolodymyr Starosolsky, a lawyer for the investor, Hisham Elzanaty.
The Wall Street Journal reports: “It is untrue that the community center known as Park51 in lower Manhattan is being moved,” said Sharif El-Gamal, developer of the project, in a statement released Thursday. “The project will proceed as planned. What is being reported in the media today is a falsehood.”
Mr. Trump closes his letter by saying “Thank you for your attention to this matter. Hopefully, something good can happen!”
The Donald, as he is affectionately known, sent a letter to Hisham Elzan offering to immediately purchase 45 Park Place in New York City for cash. Part of the letter published by the Wall Street Journal states:
Please let this letter serve to represent my offer to purchase your site at 45 Park Place, New York, NY 10007, for what you paid plus 25%. I am making this offer as a resident of New York and a citizen of the United States, not because I think the location is a spectacular one (because it is not) but because it will end a very serious, inflammatory, and highly divisive situation that is destined, in my opinion, to only get worse.
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