…TRUIMP memory of Sept 11th … pure vintage TRUMP ego driven…

…TRUIMP memory of Sept 11th … pure vintage TRUMP ego driven…

‘And now it’s the tallest’: Trump, in otherwise somber interview on 9/11, couldn’t help touting one of his buildings


By Timothy BellaSeptember 11 at 4:38 AM    Donald Trump is on the line.” …It was the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, at WWOR’s station in Secaucus, N.J., and Rolland Smith, the lead anchor for the news outlet’s coverage of the day, was apologizing for the channel’s technical difficulties. The crushing pictures and videos of airplanes hurtling into the World Trade Center were seemingly on a loop for hours. That’s when Brenda Blackmon, the co-anchor of the coverage, interjected to let her colleague know that Trump, the real estate mogul with well-documented ties to Lower Manhattan, was on the phone.

When the planes hit the towers, Alan Marcus got a call from Will Wright, the news director at WWOR. Upon arrival, Marcus, who acted as a spokesman, lobbyist and consultant for Trump throughout the ’90s and also did on-air analyst work for WWOR, said Wright asked him whether he could get a celebrity on the line for them to interview. Befuddled by the request during the tragedy, Marcus asked him to clarify.

“He said, ‘No, could you get Trump?’ Marcus told The Washington Post in an interview late Monday. “I said, ‘Yeah, let me call him.’ I called him and he picked up right away.”

The night before, Trump was in New York’s Meatpacking District for Marc Jacobs’s spring fashion show, seated in the front row with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Monica Lewinsky.

The following morning, after news programming broke into regularly scheduled network and cable shows, Trump, who would later tell Howard Stern that he was waiting to watch an interview with former General Electric CEO Jack Welch, got Marcus’s call at his private number. The analyst told The Post that Trump asked him where the TV crew was for the interview, with Marcus saying that the talk would have to be done over the phone.

“He was nervous about the interview,” Marcus recalled.

From his Midtown Manhattan apartment in Trump Tower, the businessman shared his disbelief on what he said he was witnessing on 9/11.

“I have a window that looks directly at the World Trade Center, and I saw this huge explosion,” Trump told Blackmon. “I really couldn’t even believe it.” He added: “Now, I’m looking at absolutely nothing. It’s just gone. It’s just hard to believe.”

A little more than a minute later, Marcus asked whether Trump’s 40 Wall Street building had suffered any damage. Before getting into his response about his Financial District property, the businessman had something he wanted on the record.

“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,” Trump said in the WWOR interview. “And now it’s the tallest.”

Blackmon told The Post late Monday that Trump’s response left her baffled.

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