Did Trump Unwittingly Rent Land to Gaddafi?

"It's not confirmed that he is coming to Bedford. We only know he's rented some property. He's not going to have many fans in Bedford or Westchester County, certainly not me. Don't want to see him in my county or my district. There's not going to be any welcome mat for him in Bedford," Republican State Sen. Vincent L. Leibell said.

U.S. Rep John Hall, D-N.Y., said he would contact the State Department and other federal authorities to protest Gaddafi's presence in his district.

"This sponsor of terror is not welcome here," Hall said. "Several residents of this area were horrifically murdered on Pan Am Flight 103. Gaddafi's presence in our community is a slap in the face to the memories of these victims and their families, adding to the recent outrage of the hero's welcome Gaddafi staged for the convicted murderer released by Scotland."

The Libyans have had a tough time finding housing for Gaddafi on short notice, since almost all hotel rooms in the area have been booked already. Gaddafi's quirks have made the search even harder. According to sources the eccentric Libyan leader, who is guarded by a cadre of all-female bodyguards, distrusts elevators and was looking for first floor accommodations. Sources said the Libyans were looking for a New York hotel ballroom where they might pitch the leader's tent.

In August, Englewood residents protested the possibility of Gaddafi pitching a tent on property there owned by the Libyan embassy.

The State Department stepped in over the summer, assuring residents that the colorful dictator would not be making camp in their town.

Many of the Englewood residents were particularly incensed by the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, a Libyan imprisoned in Scotland for the 1988 bombing of Pan AM Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, who was warmly welcomed home by Gaddafi last month.

"Frankly speaking, I'm glad he won't be sleeping in my city limits," said Michael Wildes, mayor of Englewood and an immigration lawyer. "I can't understand why he won't be served an arrest warrant for the 38 citizens of New Jersey that died in the Lockerbie disaster.

"It is my prayer that the State Department will issue a restrictive visa so he won't, under the cover of night, sneak into my town," Wildes said.

When the tent plan got nixed, Gaddafi, Libya's sole leader since 1969, went looking for digs a little closer to the United Nations building on Manhattan's East side – but he didn't have much luck.

Beginning around Labor Day, Libyan agents pretending to be members of the Dutch mission began haggling for a Manhattan townhouse, according to real estate broker Jason Haber of Prudential Douglas Eliman.

But as the perspective renter's demands became increasingly ridiculous and they were unwilling to negotiate, Haber quickly realized with whom he was dealing.

"I'm not a linguist, but it became pretty clear I wasn't dealing with the Dutch. They keep making more demands and asking for things we didn't have. They were always demanding something else and were always abrupt. From their e-mail addresses I realized I was dealing with the Libyans," Haber told ABC News.

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