THE 45TH PRES­I­DENT: A SKY-HIGH LIE

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Dur­ing the cam­paign, Don­ald Trump gave Forbes a per­sonal tour of his gilded Man­hat­tan pent­house. Was any­thing he told us true?

dur­ing THE pres­i­den­tial race, Don­ald Trump left the cam­paign trail to give us a guided tour of his three­story Trump Tower pent­house. He bragged that peo­ple have called his Man­hat­tan home the “best apart­ment ever built” and em­pha­sized its im­mense size (33,000 square feet) and value (at least $200 mil­lion). “I own the top three floors— the whole floor, times three!” He ad­mit­ted to hav­ing once had a neigh­bor, point­ing to a door on the 66th floor. “I leased that lit­tle sec­tion to Michael Jack­son. I knew him bet­ter than any­body.”

Those com­ments were typ­i­cal Trump: boast­ful and in­ac­cu­rate. We re­cently dug up New York City records show­ing he shares those floors with a neigh­bor and has only par­tial own­er­ship, some 10,996 square feet. And Jack­son’s apart­ment? Records in­di­cate the area Trump pointed to has never been a res­i­dence. It ap­pears to be me­chan­i­cal space. (Jack­son re­port­edly lived else­where—on floor 63.)

No Trump spokesper­son would com­ment on any of this, so us­ing the cor­rect square footage, we es­ti­mate the pres­i­dent’s pad is worth $64 mil­lion, less than a third of his num­ber.

Ta­ble for two: the fu­ture pres­i­dent with his fu­ture wife in 2000; (be­low) a trip­tych of un­der­state­ment.

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