September 9th, 2010
06:16 PM ET

Trump offers to buy site of controversial center

CNN Wires Staff

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(CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump has offered to buy the lower Manhattan site where a Muslim group plans to build an Islamic community center for 25 percent more than the current owners paid for it.

Trump made the offer Thursday in a letter to Hisham Elzanaty, an investor in the Islamic center site.

"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 that is destined, in my opinion, to only get worse," he wrote.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Islam
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  1. Annie Kate

    I applaud Donald Trump for this offer – the property does not seem to be one to enrich him yet he is willing to buy it to put an end to all this divisiveness and at a 25% profit to the owners with an immediate cash closing. It;s truly an amazing offer and I hope it is taken. Thank you Donald Trump!

    September 9, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  2. khym3226

    I think it's probably the best thing for a third party to step in albeit its gotten out of hand already.

    September 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm |