They came to me with a proposal for a $1 billion embassy in Jerusalem. And the papers, Mike Pence can tell you, the papers were put before me to sign an application for more than $1 billion to build an embassy. I said, “What are you talking about, a billion dollars?” You know, most embassies are, like, a single story. And they said, “Yes, sir, it’s $1 billion.”
I had my name half-signed, then I noticed the figure, and I never got to the word “Trump.” I had “Donald” signed, but I never got to the word “Trump.” And I called my ambassador, who’s a great lawyer. Most people in business know David Friedman; he’s the ambassador to Israel. Loves Israel. Loves our country; loves Israel, too.
I said, “What’s this one billion?” He said, “I can build it for $150,000.” I said, “What?” He said, “I can build it for $150,000, the embassy. We have a building, we have the site, we already own the site, we own the building. I can take a corner of the building, and for $150,000 we can fix it up, make it beautiful, open our embassy — instead of in 10 years from now, we can open it up in three months.” And that’s what we did.
But I said, “David, let’s not go from a billion dollars to 150 thousand, let’s go to three, 400,000.” We take a piece of the building. It’s going to be beautiful. And it will be somewhat temporary, but it could be for many years, because by the time they build it the other way it’s gonna be many, many years.
They were looking for sites? We already have a site.