Donald Trump tilbyr seg å kjøpe tomten i nærheten av Ground Zero hvor det planlegges et muslimsk senter, kalt Cordoba House. Trump sier at senteret vil komme til å splitte og polarisere hvis det blir bygget. Han tilbyr et påslag på 25 %.
Men hverken forretningsmannen Hisham Elzanaty eller imam Feisal Abdul Rauf har vurdert noe tilbud om å selge. De sier prosjektet skal realiseres.
Mr Trump made the offer with the condition that any community centre must be built at least five blocks away from the site of the World Trade Centre, where nearly 3,000 people died in the al Qaeda suicide attacks of
He offered Hisham Elzanaty, an Egyptian-born New York businessman, a 25 per cent premium over the $4.8 million price that his investment consortium paid for the site, which is just two blocks from ground zero.
“I am making this offer as a resident of New York and 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,” Mr Trump wrote in his letter to Mr Elzanaty.
Mr Elzanaty had earlier told the Associated Press that his partnership has already received offers of three times that much for the site. “Develop it, raze it, sell it,” he said. “If someone wants to give me 18 or 20 million dollars today, it’s all theirs.”
There was no immediate response from Mr Elzanaty. But the imam and property developer both insisted that the plan for the mosque and community centre would go ahead as planned. And a lawyer for another investor, Wolodymyr Starosolosy, dismissed Mr Trump’s bid as “a cheap attempt to get publicity and get in the limelight”.
Donald Trump, the real estate mogul, has offered to purchase the site of the proposed Islamic community centre and mosque near Ground Zero with a 25 per cent markup.