Libyan tried to set up camp on Trump turf
BEDFORD, N.Y. - Did Donald Trump and the dictator made a backdoor deal? If so, the plan to pitch a tent in this suburb for Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy went south pretty fast.
A tent erected by the Libyan government on Trump’s estate in Bedford was dismantled yesterday, and both Trump and the Secret Service said Khadafy wasn’t coming.
For Khadafy, it was just another failed attempt to find a place to spend time during the UN General Assembly - after his requests for space in Central Park, Englewood, N.J., and Manhattan’s Upper East Side were all rejected.
Long unpopular in America, the Libyan leader is now particularly unwelcome after he gave an effusive welcome-home reception for Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the bombing Pan Am Flight 103.
For Trump, questions persisted. Did he know he might be handing over the use of his lush Seven Springs estate to Khadafy? Or was the mogul unwittingly renting some upscale digs on his suburban lawn about 30 miles north of the United Nations?
Neither explanation would fly on Trump’s former hit reality show “The Apprentice,’’ said Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, an author who helped kill plans for Khadafy to set up a tent on the grounds of a Libyan compound next door to Boteach’s home in Englewood, N.J. Trump “would say, ‘You’re a loser, and you’re fired,’ ’’ Boteach said.
In a statement about the dismantling of the tent, Trump did not name “the tenant.’’ On Tuesday, the Trump Organization hinted he had been misled when he agreed to rent his acreage.
“The property was leased on a short-term basis to Middle Eastern partners, who may or may not have a relationship to Mr. Khadafy,’’ it said. “We are looking into the matter.’’