Work­ers pry gold ‘Trump Place’ name off build­ings

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NEW YORK — What’s in a name? For three New York City apart­ment build­ings, it’s no longer “Trump.”

Work­ers pried 3-foot-high gold let­ters spell­ing “Trump Place” off the build­ings on Wed­nes­day.

In some places, a shadow of the old name lin­gered. The work­ers scraped and power-washed the sur­face where the let­ters had been. New sig­nage dis­plays the build­ings’ street ad­dresses. Hun­dreds of res­i­dents had signed a pe­ti­tion to re­move the name after the re­lease of a record­ing of Don­ald Trump boast­ing about kiss­ing women with­out their con­sent.

The Chicago-based com­pany that bought the build­ings in 2005 says the goal was a “neu­tral build­ing iden­tity.” Eq­uity Res­i­den­tial chair­man Sam Zell tells The New York Times the pe­ti­tion signed by ten­ants had “no role” in the de­ci­sion

Mean­while, Trump hadn’t been seen in public for days when he walked into New York’s 21 Club to ap­plause from fel­low din­ers. The unan­nounced evening out with fam­ily was a con­trast to the be­hind-the scenes machi­na­tions that sug­gested a strug­gling tran­si­tion as names sur­faced and sank for top ad­min­is­tra­tion po­si­tions.

Not to worry, Trump sug­gested in a Tues­day night tweet: “Very or­gan­ised process tak­ing place as I de­cide on Cabi­net and many other po­si­tions. I am the only one who knows who the fi­nal­ists are!”

Be­fore din­ner at the mid­town Man­hat­tan restau­rant — he broke with pro­to­col and left his press con­tin­gent be­hind — Trump met with the head of his tran­si­tion team, Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence, but an­other day passed with­out a Cabi­net an­nounce­ment.

Ar­riv­ing at Trump Tower on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, son Eric Trump said “likely” when re­porters asked if any ap­point­ments would be made dur­ing the day.

Strains were show­ing within the process. Trump’s al­lies en­gaged in an un­usual round of public spec­u­la­tion about his po­ten­tial ap­point­ments. For­mer Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mike Rogers, a re­spected Repub­li­can voice on na­tional se­cu­rity is­sues, quit the tran­si­tion ef­fort. And an ap­par­ent cler­i­cal over­sight tem­po­rar­ily halted the Trump team’s abil­ity to co­or­di­nate with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s White House. — AFP

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