Trump conspired with Western Banks to steal from corrupt Gaddafi regime
Kenya Confidential Political Editor – Washington DC, June 23, 206
Trump put his greed for money before the lives of his fellow US citizens, yet be brags about it without any iota of remorse
Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi decided to make the posh suburban town of Bedford his home away from home while at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2009 by pitching his Bedouin style tent down the road from Martha Stewart, courtesy of greedy US presidential aspirant Donald Trump.
Trump rented the property in a ritzy New York suburb to loathed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who had spent weeks trying to find a place to pitch his trademark tent while in town for the United Nations General Assembly meeting. Early this month (June 5) he boasted he made “a lot of money in deals with Gaddafi”.
Libya last week instituted legal proceedings in London against Western Banks which were used by Gaddafi and his sons to steal millions of dollars from public coffers of which Trump was a beneficiary. There is no compelling reason why the presidential aspirant should not be enjoined.
Doors all over the metropolitan area had been slammed in the face of the Libyan dictator, but Trump publicly lied he rented part of a large property he owns in Westchester County to “a group of Middle Easterners who may be associated with Gaddafi”.
He knew he was taking money from a brutal dictator who had ordered the shooting down of Pan AM flight 103 in which 270 people perished – a majority of them Trumps’s fellow US citizens. He had no sense of judgement or conscience on the harm he was inflicting upon Libyan economy when taking money stolen from their country.
Dissent and discontent within Libya would eventually trigger rebellion that ousted Gaddafi and fueled radical sectarian Islamist revolt that saw the attack on US embassy in Beghazi Trump now blames Hilary Clinton for. His dealings with what was described as Middle Eastern partners in reference to Libya depicts a man running businesses with no sense of global geopolitics.
“We have business partners and associates all over the world. The property was leased on a short-term basis to Middle Eastern partners who may or may not have a relationship to Mr. Gaddafi. We are looking into the matter now,” Trump Organization spokeswoman Rhonna Graff would say in a statement later when the issue was raised by US media.
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An ABC News helicopter filmed a large tent on the 113-acre Seven Springs estate, replete with rugs and patterned wall hangings. The Trump Organization owns the property, which straddles the adjacent towns of Bedford, New Castle and North Castle, and which was slated to be subdivided into multimillion-dollar homes.
Local officials, law enforcement and the Secret Service confirmed that Gaddafi was renting property in Bedford, but did not know if the dictator, who was making his first visit to the United States since he seized power in 1969, was actually planning on staying in the town.
Bedford town attorney Joel Sachs said a stop order was issued on erecting the tent just after 5 p.m., because it was illegal to build a temporary residence without a permit. He called the tent an “illegal structure.”
He said, however, that he was not picking on Gaddafi, just enforcing the law. Trump is believed to have used his financial muscle to have his way to make what he describes as “a lot of money”.
Pan Am Flight 103 downed on Gaddafi orders
Gaddafi did not find a warm welcome except by Trump. His request to erect his tent in Manhattan’s Central Park was turned down. Efforts to set up camp in Englewood, N.J., were also fought by the mayor until the Libyans abandoned efforts to win legal approval for the tent.
The eccentric leader, who Ronald Reagan once branded the “mad dog” of the Middle East, arrived in the United States but it was unclear if he was going to stay in Bedford. Thank to Trump a tent was pitched in version of the famous Bedouin tent Gaddafi usually stayed in during foreign visits. On past trips he pitched it in central Paris and in a park in Rome.
State and federal politicians on learning that Gaddafi had rented property in the area were outraged that the Libyan, linked to acts of state-sponsored terror would sleep among their constituents, which included the likes of style queen Martha Stewart. That however did not bother money-hungry Trump.
Republican State Senator Vincent L. Leibell said then, “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.”
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 had a tough time finding housing for Gaddafi on short notice, since almost all hotel rooms in the area had been booked already. Gaddafi’s quirks, like Trump’s, made the search even harder. According to sources the eccentric Libyan leader, who was guarded by a cadre of all-female bodyguards, distrusted elevators and was looking for first floor accommodations. Sources said the Libyans were looking for a New York hotel ballroom where they could pitch the leader’s tent.
In August that year, 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 dictator would not 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 on release.
“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.
“They kept asking, ‘What will be the price? What will be the price?’ I knew Gaddafi was having trouble finding housing in New York City and I was through with dealing with them. Finally I just said, ‘Well, if you send Megrahi back to Scotland, maybe we can work something out.’ They hung up and that pretty much ended it,” said Haber who has a degree in international studies from Columbia University.
Trump put his greed for money before the lives of his fellow US citizens, yet be brags about it without any iota of remorse. There is no compelling reason why the presidential aspirant should not be enjoined to the Libyan suit against Western Banks used by dictator Gaddafi and his sons to steal from public coffers.
Gaddafi was very much the flip-side of Trump with one desire in life – to amass wealth and power. He says he will be the next US president with or without his Republican GOP support.