Moammar Gadaffi pitched his tent on an estate belonging to Donald Trump in suburban New York on Tuesday, according to reports.
The Libyan leader is scheduled to attend the UN general assembly this week. He had been struggling to find a plot to accommodate the large Bedouin tent he takes with him when travelling abroad.
Workers were seen on Tuesday erecting a tent and satellites in the glamorous neighbourhood of Bedford on an estate owned by Trump. Local officials tried to stop them, saying it was illegal to build a temporary residence without a permit. An ABC News helicopter filmed a large tent on the 45 hectare Seven Springs estate, with rugs and patterned wall hangings. Green and yellow fabric lined the walls in a pattern dotted with images of small brown camels, according to a local newspaper website image. On Tuesday night a state department official told AP the tent might be used for entertaining by Gadaffi, but he would not be sleeping there.
Doors all over New York have been slammed in the colonel’s face, but Trump says he has rented part of a large property in Westchester county to Middle Eastern tenants who may be associated with Gaddafi.
Gadaffi last month wanted to erect a tent in New Jersey, where the Libyan embassy owns property, but the US government said he could not. A request to set up tent in Central Park was also turned down.
Gadaffi arrived in New York on Tuesday. It is likely he will face protests over Scotland’s recent release of Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which killed 270. – guardian.co.uk