Donald Trump and Dana-Farber waiting for money from Bill Maher
Donald Trump is waiting — and so are the folks at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
For what? They’re waiting for comedian Bill Maher to make good on his half-joking promise to donate $5 million to charities of Trump’s choice, one of which is Dana-Farber.
“He made an offer and I accepted his offer,” Trump told us Tuesday. “It’ll be interesting to see if he pays me the money he owes me.”
In case you missed it, Maher was on with Jay Leno last week, and he mocked Trump’s offer during the campaign to donate $5 million to a charity of President Obama’s choosing if the president released his birth certificate.
Maher then offered to donate $5 million to the charity of Trump’s choosing if the “Celebrity Apprentice” star would release his own birth certificate proving that the ginger-haired developer is not the spawn of an orangutan.
Trump’s lawyer promptly responded with a copy of Trump’s birth certificate and instructions for the money.
“Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump’s birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan,” read the letter. “Please remit the $5 million to Mr. Trump immediately and he will ensure that the money be donated to the following five charities in equal amounts: Hurricane Sandy victims, The Police Athletic League, The American Cancer Society, The March of Dimes, and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.”
If the check’s in the mail, it hasn’t been received yet, and Maher didn’t return our call Tuesday.
Reached in New York, Trump said he’s been a longtime supporter of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which holds annual fund-raisers at his ultra-exclusive Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.
“I have great respect for what they do,” he said. “Truth is, I have a great allegiance to Boston.”
In particular, Trump, whose uncle John taught at MIT, told us he’s a fan of Celtics big man Kevin Garnett — “I love his attitude and ability. . . . There are no games with Kevin” — and, of course, he’s partial to the Patriots, whose home games he occasionally attends as a guest of owner Robert Kraft.
“Bob is an amazing man,” said Trump. “George Steinbrenner was a friend of mine and they’re like polar opposites. In such a steady fashion, Bob has stayed at the top for so many years.”
He’s also good buddies with Tom Brady, with whom he sometimes golfs.
“I’m a good golfer, but if Tom played golf, he’d have unlimited potential,” insists The Donald. “I’m telling you, Tom hits the ball a mile, and when he swings he looks like Ernie Els. Fortunately for you, football is his preference.”
So who’s he picking this weekend?
“I never bet against Bill Belichick and Bob Kraft and Tom Brady,” said Trump. “I just don’t do it.”