In 2010, Trump Called Obama's Team Begging To Lead BP's Oil Spill Cleanup
As oil was gushing into the Gulf of Mexico during the BP oil spill of 2010, an eager Donald Trump reportedly called then-President Barack Obama’s campaign manager asking to be put in charge of the cleanup efforts.
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“Trump called @davidaxelrod during ‘10 BP oil spill to offer to lead the clean-up: “Put me in charge of this thing.” When Axe demurred, he instead pitched him on building “beautiful ballrooms”: “I see you have these state dinners on the lawn there in these shitty little tents””
David Axelrod recalled the conversation in his book:
“‘Listen,’ Donald Trump said when I called him back. ‘That admiral you have down there running this leak operation seems like a nice guy, but he doesn’t know what he’s doing. I know how to run big projects. Put me in charge of this thing, and I’ll get that leak shut down and the damage repaired.'”
RawStory noted that while Trump has no experience in the oil industry or environmental cleanup, he was in need of a financial boost, pointing to a Forbes report that in 2010 “iStar Financial, a lender to Trump Soho, struck a recapitalization deal with CIM Group after sales struggled soon after the opening.”
And by 2015, “Coco Beach Golf and Country Club, which paid a licensing fee to use the name ‘Trump International Golf Club,’ sought protection from creditors in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico.”
Axelrod wrote that Trump was not finished pitching his ideas, however, as he moved on from the oil spill to suggest he could build ballrooms instead.
“‘But I’ve got another thing for you. I build ballrooms. Beautiful ballrooms. You can go to Tampa and check one of them out for yourself.’ Not being much of a dancer, I didn’t quite know where this was heading. ‘I see you have these state dinners on the lawn there in these shitty little tents. Let me build you a ballroom you can assemble and take apart. Trust me. It’ll look great.'”