The tenant who died in Saturday’s Trump Tower fire was not a favorite of the president, who called him a “crazy Jew,” the New York Daily News reports.
Art dealer Todd Brassner, a friend of Andy Warhol, who lived in the building for two decades, was killed in a blaze on Saturday. Trump Tower does not have sprinklers on its residential floors because the president lobbied to avoid having to install them.
Art dealer Patrick Goldsmith, a friend of Brassner, told the Daily News that he was visiting the building in 1996 and was caught staring at Trump’s tiny hands. According to his story, Trump asked a doorman who he was visiting.
“Oh, that crazy Jew?” Trump asked, in Goldsmith’s telling.
The White House pushed back on the account when approached by the Daily News.
“Basing a front-page story maligning the President solely on a decades-old unverified claim by a critic of the President — whose own family members are Jewish — is absurd,” said one of the president’s spokespersons.