PALM BEACH, Fla. – Donald Trump today said the Obama White House never got back to him when he offered to build it a spectacular ballroom worth $100 million for free.
The billionaire developer, who says he’s seriously considering a run for the presidency in 2012, explained his offer during a phone-in interview with fellow Palm Beacher Rush Limbaugh during the latter’s top-rated radio program.
“I have the greatest ballroom probably in the world,” Trump said.
The ballroom at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla.
“I built it five years ago, and it’s one of the great ballrooms of the world. It’s at the Mar-a-Lago Club. And I see that at the White House – the White House, Washington, D.C. – when a dignitary comes in from India, from anywhere, they open up a tent. They have a tent. A tent! A lousy-looking tent, an old-rotten tent that, frankly, they probably rent and pay a guy millions of dollars for, even though it’s worth about $2.”
Trump recounted that a couple of months ago, he called the White House and said: “Listen, I’m really good at this stuff. I will build you a magnificent ballroom. We’ll go through committees … we’ll pick the one they like, we’ll pick the architect everybody likes. We’ll do 10 designs, we’ll pick the one that’s the greatest with the greatest architecture. I will build it free. So that’s anywhere from a $50 [million] to a $100 million gift. I will give that.”
Trump continued: “This is the first time I’ve said this. I’m talking to the biggest person, one of the biggest people at the White House. I’m not talking to a low-level person. One of the most important people. I will build the White House a ballroom so when the head of India comes to town, we can give him a five-star dinner in a magnificent ballroom befitting of this country and the White House. Right? They never got back to me. It’s a $100 million gift. They never got back to me.”
Limbaugh suggested White House officials never got back to Trump because they suspect he’s a Republican.
Trump responded, “Whether I’m a Republican or an independent or a Democrat, they never got back to me. If I was a Republican, they should do it anyway. They should say ‘Trump’s gonna give us $100 million, he’s gonna build a ballroom, it’s gonna be magnificent!’ And why wouldn’t they get back to me? That’s the problem with this country. It’s like no common sense.”
After Trump’s interview was concluded, Limbaugh noted, “Say whatever you will about Donald Trump, there’s one thing nobody can deny, and that is he has a can-do spirit – good old American can-do spirit – and Trump’s can-do spirit is backed up with Trump’s can-do action. It really is. I would love to see a debate on economics between Trump and Obama. Mr. ‘Scholar,’ Mr. Faculty Lounge Extraordinaire versus Mr. Real World Builder. I would love to see that. Obama wouldn’t even get out his first sentence by the time Trump had given 10 answers.”
If you’d like to sound off on this issue, please take part in the WND poll.