I’ve never been a big fan of the whole Donald Trump mystique, I’ve never even watched The Apprentice, and I agree that he has weird hair. But if you take away all the trappings you have a very wealthy man who got that way by being very, very good at real estate and construction in one of the most difficult markets in the world, New York City.
So when Trump discovered that the UN was going to spend 1.5 billion dollars to renovate their $300 million headquarters in NY, when he built a much more lavish and far larger building for $225 million, he started asking very pointed questions. When he didn’t get good answers, he asked louder. And yesteday he testified before a Senate Committee about the subject, where he proceeded to politely rip the UN’s plans to shreds (long, but worth reading). Turns out the UN people in charge of the project know nothing about construction or renovation, have no idea how to actually proceed, and have already spent $27 million on an architect who did nothing.
This isn’t an isolated incident. It’s kind of a microcosm for the way the UN works, really. Spend lots of money on beauracratic shuffling, graft, and lavish meetings, and then shred the paperwork and ask for more funds.
I’m a big believer in letting people who are good at things do the things they’re good at. If anyone involved has an ounce of sense, they’ll turn this whole thing over to Trump and let him salvage this mess. Of course, the people who were expecting their bribes and payoffs to come out of that $1.5 billion won’t like that one little bit. Good.