Gadhafi May Set Up Tent on Trump's Lawn

Still no sign of Libyan leader, who couldn't get a hotel
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2009 3:19 PM CDT
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi holds a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008.   (AP Photo/ Abdel Magid Al Fergany)
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(Newser) – The Donald might have a controversial guest. Moammar Gadhafi is pitching his Bedouin-style tent on private property in the posh New York suburb of Bedford, reports ABC, and the Huffington Post says it's on the estate of none other than Donald Trump. The eccentric Libyan leader—in town for the UN General Assembly meeting—originally asked to put up his trademark tent in Central Park or Englewood, New Jersey, but both requests were shot down.

Libyan officials couldn’t find a hotel room for Gadhafi, because he distrusts elevators and will accept only first-floor accommodations. Now he’ll be forced to sleep either in the tent or the home of Libya’s UN ambassador in Manhattan. There’s been no sign yet of the leader, who’s traveling, as always, with his cadre of all-female bodyguards, and Bedford police tell ABC they have no idea whether he’ll be staying there.