Donald Trump has offered to buy the lower Manhattan site where a Muslim group plans to build an Islamic community centre for 25% more than the current owners paid for it.
Trump made the offer yesterday in a letter to Hisham Elzanaty, an investor in the Islamic centre.
"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.
He further stipulated, as part of the offer, that if a mosque is to be built, "It would be located at least five blocks further from the World Trade Centre site."
Trump said he would pay cash for the site "with an immediate closing." There was no immediate response from Alzanaty.
Could it be that Trump will learn there are some things money can't buy?