Donald Trump once paid his rent in gold bars: pound

  • Donald Trump has already been paid in gold bars for renting a parking lot, per a new book.
  • New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman wrote that the gold bars were sent to Trump Tower.
  • Trump didn’t know how to handle the bars and it’s unclear what happened to them, according to Haberman.

During his days as a New York businessman, former President Donald Trump was once paid with a stack of gold bars instead of cash.

This anecdote has been shared in a new book by New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman titled “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.” According to an excerpt provided exclusively to CNNthis strange form of payment was given to Trump to cover the price of renting a garage in the General Motors building in New York, which Trump bought in 1998.

Per CNN, Haberman wrote that Trump didn’t know how to handle the dozens of gold bars sent to him. They were eventually transported to his apartment in Trump Tower, although it is unclear what happened to the gold bars afterwards.

Haberman also recalled in the clip seen by CNN that Trump was asked about gold bullion and responded by calling it a “fantasy question.”

A representative for Trump’s post-presidential press office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Haberman’s account adds to the list of bizarre revelations about Trump’s past business dealings that have emerged in recent months.

This month, for example, an excerpt from a book by New York Times journalist David Enrich — titled “Servants of the Damned: Giant Law Firms, Donald Trump and the Corruption of Justice– recounted how Trump once tried to pay a lawyer $2 million in legal fees with a stallion’s deed.

According to Enrich, Trump – who was then a real estate businessman – had not paid his bills. When confronted by his furious attorney, Trump pulled out a “horse deed” and told the attorney it was “more valuable” than the fees he owed.

Meanwhile, Trump and his three adult children are facing a $250 million civil lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Leticia James. The lawsuit seeks to bar the Trump family from doing business in New York and accuses the former president of inflating his net worth by billions.


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