Donald Trump wants to add-on to the White House – and he doesn’t want to wait to be president to do it.
"I called up the White House about a year ago. And I saw that they were having lots of functions for people like the President of China…And I said, ‘Listen, every time I see a function, you put an old broken canvas tent that they probably pay some guy, some local guy a fortune for'…I said, ‘I will build you, free of charge,’ to a very high official at the White House, ‘one of the great ballrooms of the world,’” Trump said.
“Want me to tell you the person?” Trump asked
“David Axelrod,” he said.
Axelrod confirmed that Trump did indeed offer to build a grand ballroom similar to Mar-a-Lago.
“I will build it. It’ll cost maybe $100 million. Anywhere from $50 to $100 million,” Trump continued. “I will give you a gift and what we’ll do is we’ll hire the top ten architects in the world, hopefully, the United States, but in the world. We’ll have a committee, a review committee set up. We’ll pick the one that everybody agrees, because it’s a little delicate. You know, it is the White House, after all,” he said.
There’s a lot of construction going on at the White House now – but no ballroom addition. So what happened?
“He said, ‘Wow. That’s interesting.’ I never heard from him. And that’s the problem with our country,” Trump told me.
Axelrod said that he bucked Trump’s inquiry to the White House social secretary, adding that Trump had earlier called to say that he was willing to take over the Gulf clean-up effort from Admiral Thad Allen. That request was gently denied.