Friday, February 26, 2016

Donald Trump Father's Post-1945 Wealth, Robert Moses and Cuomo Connections Revisited

Following the end of World War II in 1945, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's father, Fred Trump [II], apparently increased his personal wealth a lot and developed more personal, political or business connections to politically influential people, such as former New York City Construction Coordinator Robert Moses and future Democratic New York Governor Mario Cuomo--the father of current Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. As former Village Voice reporter Wayne Barrett's 1992 book, Trump: The Deals and the Downfall, noted:

"It was in this immediate postwar period that Fred Trump became...a truly wealthy man...Fred began construction on a mansion...The family moved into the 9-room mansion at 85-14 Midland Parkway in 1948...Donald [Trump] was born at the...moment that Fred was making his career big-time New York apartment developer...

"...His name was...mentioned in gossip columns as a possible candidate for Queens borough president, an idea he toyed with in conversations with influential friends...

"Beyond...[political] clubhouse ties [Fred] Trump also took advantage of a very special connection that transcended machine politics: a path of access to...[then New York City Construction Coordinator] Robert Moses...By the late 1950's and early 1960's...Mario Cuomo...would trek out for luncheon business meetings to Fred [Trump]'s Coney Island office, where [Fred] Trump would serve them all cheese sandwiches..." 

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