Trump taste for exaggeration begins at home


NEW YORK CITY: Castigated in politics for playing fast and loose with the facts, if not lying, Donald Trump’s taste for exaggeration begins at home. The Republican nominee’s company headquarters, campaign nerve center and Versailles-style, marble New York home are all bound together under one roof in Trump Tower on one of the flashiest stretches of Fifth Avenue. However the building’s height was thrust under the microscope on Wednesday when a 19-year-old fan scaled the outside with suction cups, dodging police until he was captured on the 21st floor. Or was it? The Trump Organization says the building has 68 stories – the first 26 are for offices while 30 through 68 contain residences for “public figures, athletes, celebrities and other affluent sophisticates.” But the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which keeps a database, says Trump Tower has 58 floors. CTBUH media associate Benjamin Mandel said Trump’s count appeared to have been exaggerated “by about 10 floors” and that the Council’s own assessment corresponded to data submitted to New York’s department of buildings.             AFP


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