JERSEY CITY: Donald Trump said he made “a lot of money” in a deal years ago with Moammar Gaddafi, despite suggesting at the time he had no idea the former Libyan dictator was involved in renting his suburban New York estate.
“Don’t forget, I’m the only one. I made a lot of money with Gaddafi, if you remember,” Trump said in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that aired on Sunday. “He had to make a deal with me because he needed a place to stay.”
“He paid me a fortune. Never got to stay there,” Trump said. “And it became sort of a big joke.”
Trump was talking about an incident in 2009, when Gaddafi was in search of a place to pitch his Bedouin-style tent during a visit to New York for a meeting of the UN General Assembly.
After trying and failing to secure space in Manhattan’ s Central Park, on the Upper East Side and in Englewood, New Jersey, the Libyan government turned to Trump’s 213-acre Seven Springs estate in suburban Bedford, New York.