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Donald Trump Offers Cash DEAL for NYC Mosque

9/9/2010 6:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump is single-handedly trying to put an end to the controversial NYC mosque slated to be built near Ground Zero ... and he's doing it by flexing his wallet.

Donald Trump Mosque

Trump has offered to pay the owners of the property the amount they purchased the property for ... plus an extra 25%.

As part of the deal, Trump is asking that the mosque be built at least 5 blocks from the WTC site.

Trump says he doesn't even think his offer is a good business deal, but he's doing it, "Because it will end a very serious, inflammatory, and highly divisive situation that is destined, in my opinion, to only get worse."

Of course, Donald's offer is all cash. No word yet on how the offer is being received by the property owner.

0909_tmzlive_small_v2UPDATE: Harvey called Trump during TMZ Live today to talk to him about the offer ... click the audio player to check it out.

UPDATE:  The lawyer for the investor in the real estate partnership that controls the site just said Trump's offer is "just a cheap attempt to get publicity and get in the limelight."  But it looks like the investor is pissed off at Donald's price, not the principle.

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61.

ginny    

You go Donald; great tax return too!!
This mosque should not be built by these horrid people.
A slap in the face to every American that lives.

If it is built it will be the biggest mistake ever.
These people want to **** on us,; **** them.

1449 days ago
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Eric in L.A.    

Trump is just trying to get publicity. Hisham Elzanaty, an Egyptian-born businessman who put most of the money to buy the 2 buildings. He paid $4.8 million for half the site last year and has received offers of THREE TIMES that much to sell that parcel. Trump is offering only 25% over what they paid. Sounds like Trump would making tons of money if they accepted his offer.

1449 days ago
63.

travcm    

This seems like more of a publicity stunt than a genuine offer.

I hope it doesn't go through, the mosque is completed, and 10 years down the line, when nothing bad has happened, everyone who complained realizes that they were being discriminatory for no good reason.

It's time to grow up people. There are bad people of every ethnicity & religion. Stop making a big deal out of nothing.

1449 days ago
64.

justagirl    

Mr. Trump, This is extremely admirable of you. One can only hope that this deal is accepted. Unfortunately, the reality is the deal will be look upon with deaf ears and blind eyes. The likelihood of it being an "in your face" motive from it's conception as to why and who wants a mosque built in the exact location is a disturbing and dangeourous reality to further destroy American society and it's freedoms. Americans can no longer be a forgiving, apologetic society to those who wish us harm. We must start sticking up for ourselves and throw political correctness out the window, otherwise our great nation will be considerably and remarkably different in the next decade. Unfortunately, it's no help and a great shame that the leader of our nation does not see it that way. So it's up to the good people of this country, such as yourself, to continue to push back and fight for not only those families that lost loved ones that day...but for all Americans that will be subject to a very grotesque governed society if we let it. In the end, we will have no one else to blame but ourselves if we stand by and do nothing. Letting this mosque be built is the first step towards Americas wrong direction.

1449 days ago
65.

AC    

I hope they take the deal, building it there is like trolling NYC.

1449 days ago
66.

Firefly    

Here's something that y'all might find interesting.

Tawfik Hamid: Ground Zero Mosque Islamic Victory Symbol (“Triumph Over America”)
newsmax.com ^ | 08.19.10 | Jim Meyers

Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2010 5:38:54 AM by VU4G10

Islamic expert Tawfik Hamid tells Newsmax that many Muslims will view the construction of a mosque near ground zero as symbolizing a “triumph over America.”

He also declares that if the mosque is built it could prove to be the “spark” that begins a “war between civilizations.”

Hamid is well acquainted with the threats from radical Islam — he was once a member of a terrorist Islamic organization along with Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who later became the second in command of al-Qaida.

Today Hamid is a senior fellow and chair for the Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. He is the author of "Inside Jihad: Understanding and Confronting Radical Islam," and a regular Newsmax contributor.

President Barack Obama said over the weekend that the Muslims have the right to build the mosque near ground zero in Manhattan, although he later stated he did not advocate the construction. But New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he does advocate construction.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Hamid criticized Bloomberg’s advocacy of the mosque.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...

1449 days ago
67.

Tony    

Screw you harry this country was founded on freedom of speech something people like you bring up everytime they cross the friggin line with reporting. So why can't this guy burn a book? I saw burn a fuuccking towelhead with the book.

1449 days ago
68.

TNH    

Donald Trump and anyone else who is against the building of the mosque in NYC are ignorant and un-American! There are over a BILLION Muslims in the world who practice their religion peacefully, and they should be able to do so wherever they please...America was founded on the freedom of religion! It is so sad that people cannot realize that only a handful of Islam EXTREMISTS were involved in the 9/11 attacks, these individuals are not a fair representation the the Muslim faith. There are radicals from EVERY religion, including Christianity (The Oklahoma City Bomber was a Christian, does that mean that there should be no churches built in Oklahoma City?)

Please educate yourself and stop being so hateful and intolerant of others.

1449 days ago
69.

Tony    

This is like a Neo-Nazi building a place for people that with similar beliefs just down the street from Dachau or Bergen Belsen. It is THAT bad of an idea and I feel the same way as anyone Jewish would feel about said building.

1449 days ago
70.

CC    

I can't believe what I'm reading. It was not a religion that killed people it was a group of extremists. Innocent Muslims died in that attack too. You live in America...the land of the free. If you change your values and beliefs than you let the extremists win. There is so much hatred here. It is really hard to read it.

1449 days ago
71.

alt708    

You people are ignorant!
Build the Mosque!

1449 days ago
72.

Travis    

Wow, I am really impressed. I have always despised DT, but this is an outstanding solution to resolve a really overrated and heated issue. I truly believe he means well, but, at the same time, he is a fame whore. What an egotistical SOB....and I'm from TX...lol.

I hope, EVERYONE, recognizes the opportunity here. Let's close this issue and move on to the next m f'n crisis, please.

If the Muslim Community does not this accept the offer, they are idiots.

You are D'a MAN, Mr. Trump!

1449 days ago
73.

Tony    

Sep 9, 2010 by TNH
Look here pal, There is no such thing as a peaceful Muslim. THey hold women down like slaves, they stone people to death for things death is NOT needed. Sure real peaceful. Their Beliefs has created a region that is SO hostile and has been since the dawn of time. It seems since it has been so bad they have not learned a thing or changed as a people what does that tell you? They are the same they have been for 1000's of years. ANy person or persons that make their religious beliefs their prime thought even ahead of morals,laws, decency is wrong! Read about this guy as proof (Muzzammil Hassan) who used this law ( Qur'an 4:34) the wife beating verse(nice and peaceful like)To beehead is wife because she was going to leave him. Oh they were "respected" Muslim owners of a tv station in Buffalo,N.Y. for other peaceful Muslims. Educate yourself, you need to understand a violent religion. Heck Christians were,oh 4-5oo years ago. They changed though with times and seen it was wrong to kill for religious beliefs.

1449 days ago
74.

sharonlynnmc1     

It is so sad that a religion can not practice where and when they want to. Does this mean that if a Christian does something bad that a Christian church can not be built???? I do not understand......

1449 days ago
75.

Madison    

Donald Trump is an *******

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