Trump believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded a $ 50m penthouse worth $ 50m in the failed 2016 project to build Trump Tower in Moscow, several media reported.
"If we have Putin in the penthouse, every oligarch in Russia wants to live in that building," businessman Felix Sater, who worked on the project and suggested the idea, told Washington Post. BuzzFeed News first reported about the plan.
Real estate development was again in the spotlight on Thursday after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen admitted guilty to Congress lying about the negotiation timing. He told the Home Intelligence Commission that the negotiations were completed in January 2016, but he now admitted that he was in talks during Trump's campaign by the end of June 2016.
It is not clear whether Trump was aware of the penthouse plan. HuffPost came to the organization of Trump and the White House for comment.
Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani told CNN: "The president has never heard of this and the concept has never got anywhere beyond the uninformed letter of intent and never a proposal or a draft contract."
Trump on Friday morning Tweeted the defense of his business activities. "Regardless, I decided to run for the president and continue to lead my job – very legal and very cool, talked about it on the campaign trail ……. He looked slightly at a building somewhere in Russia. money, zero guarantees and did not make a project. Hunting on witches! "
The Trump organization has been trying to gain ground in Russia and Ukraine for thirty years, investigating opportunities for more than 20 moves, according to the Wall Street Journal.
But the development in 2016 is now under such interest because of Cohen's recognition that it is lying above her. Judicial submissions on Thursday refer to Trump as "Individual-1". Sater, a real estate developer who floated in the penthouse idea, "Individual-2," CNN reported, citing people who are familiar with the issue.
Sater and Cohen worked furiously behind the scenes to try to get Trump Tower Moscow out of the country, BuzzFeed News reported. Sater reminded Cohen of the penthouse idea and Cohen liked it.
"My idea was to give Putin's $ 50 million apartment and charge another $ 250 million for other units," said Sater, all the oligarchs should live in the same building as Putin.