Wolodymyr Starosolsky told the New York Post that Hashim Elzanaty wasn't impressed by Trump's approach. Trump sent a letter Thursday offering to buy the site, an undistinguished 19th-century building that formerly housed a Burlington Coat Factory store, for 25 percent more than Elzanaty paid.
Elzanaty thought the letter was "somewhat laughable," Starosolsky said.
"Is he a savior now? Donald Trump? I don't know anything that he saved before," the lawyer said. "He's just trying to recapture the limelight and get into a situation that he doesn't really know anything about," Starosolsky said. "This is not a serious offer, and frankly Mr. Elzanaty is sort of disappointed, because he considers this an insult to him."
The proposed cultural center for the site would include a restaurant, meeting rooms and galleries, a fitness center and pool. It would also have a prayer room and critics have dubbed it the "Ground Zero mosque" because it is two blocks from the World Trade Center site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.