Donald Trump bragged that he owned the tallest building in downtown Manhattan HOURS after 9/11

An audio interview has resurfaced of President Donald Trump falsely showboating about how one of his buildings was the tallest in New York just hours after the World Trade Center had collapsed on September 11, 2001.

Trump called into New Jersey television station WWOR to make tone deaf comments and boast about 40 Wall Street on the afternoon immediately after the terror attacks.

’40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest — and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest,’ he said. ‘And now it’s the tallest.’

Trump called into New Jersey television station WWOR to make tone deaf comments and boast about 40 Wall Street on the afternoon immediately after the terror attacks. Trump pictured in 2001

’40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest — and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest,’ he said.

That claim later turned out to be false. At 952ft, 70 Pine Street stood around 25 feet higher than 40 Wall Street after the attack, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. 

He also claimed $150,000 from the government, originally set aside to help small businesses, to cover ‘rent loss’ and ‘repairs’. 

More than a decade later, Trump – by then a reality TV star and host of The Apprentice – tweeted a bizarre message out to the ‘haters and losers’ on the anniversary of the terror attack.

‘I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th,’ he wrote.

During his presidential election campaign, in November 2015, Trump notoriously claimed he’d seen thousands of Muslims cheering for the attack in New Jersey. 

‘I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down, and I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down,’ he said at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama.

He later claimed the cheers came from areas with ‘large Arab populations’.

Many New Jersey residents, and police representatives, have refuted the claim.

More than a decade later, Trump – by then a reality TV star and host of The Apprentice – tweeted a bizarre message out to the ‘haters and losers’ on the anniversary of the terror attack

The president would later go onto claim in 2016 that he lost ‘hundreds’ of friends in 9/11 which would work out that he knew around one in ten of the almost three thousand people who died

The president would later go onto claim in 2016 that he lost ‘hundreds’ of friends in 9/11 which would work out that he knew around one in ten of the almost three thousand people who died. 

Meanwhile, he has failed to name a single person he lost in the tragedy.

In 2016 he made another dubious claim, saying that 9/11 would never have happened under his immigration policy – despite the fact that 15 of the 19 terrorists involved were actually citizens of Saudi Arabia – a country omitted from his travel ban.

‘Those people that knocked down the World Trade Centre most likely under the Trump policy wouldn’t have been here to knock down the World Trade Center, just so you understand,’ he said.

He has also blamed past presidents including George Bush and Bill Clinton for failing to prevent the attack. 

Donald’s tall storey! How Trump often boasts his towers are taller than they are to try and make them more attractive to buyers

This is not the first time President Trump has been caught exaggerating about size.

He has often been accused of being creative with the height of many of his New York properties to make them look more prestigious.

Trump reportedly adds on up to 20 storeys when describing his properties – apparently to make his apartments more attractive to big money buyers.  His worst example of inflation was the Trump World Tower on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

He called it the ‘tallest residential tower in the world’ at 90 stories and 900ft, though actually it was 70 stories and 843ft, according to New York City building department files.

Trump has reportedly beeing claiming his properties have up to an additional 20 storeys, apparently to make his apartments more attractive to big money buyers

Trump said he got to 90 floors by dividing 900ft by 10ft, the standard of a residential floor, even though he advertised the apartments as having higher than usual ceilings.

He said at the time: ‘I could have gone higher than 90 stories. I chose 90 because I thought it was a good number’.

According to the New York Times, Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York, one of his most famous properties, was built with 58 floors – but he claimed it had 68. 

When the property was built Trump started the first residential floor on the ’30th floor’ despite the fact there were only 19 commercial floors under them.

Floored: The tycoon says Trump tower (center, the tallest building in the picture) is taller than it is

Trump also claimed there were three extra floors to his Trump SoHo building, which was finished in 2010

Another building that got the Trump treatment was Trump SoHo which was finished in 2010. According to plans filed with the state attorney general’s office there were 43 floors, Trump claimed there were 46.

When Trump renovated the 583-foot Trump International Hotel in Manhattan in 1994 he said it was 52 storey tower even though it was really 44 floors. 

When caught out, Trump said that the new apartments in the property were smaller and that he was actually being restrained because he could have said it was 60 floors if he wanted to.

Amir Korangy, publisher of The Real Deal, a New York real estate magazine, said: ‘The higher your building, the better it is for your marketing purposes. Any sort of edge you can get to add a floor here and there, you take it’. 

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