NEW YORK (CBS 2/WCBS 880) — The developer of the proposed Islamic center near the site of the World Trade Center is calling Donald Trump’s offer to buy him out a “cheap attempt to get publicity.”

On Thursday, Trump said he wanted to buy the site on Park Place – for 25 percent above what the developer paid – as long as the mosque would be moved at least five blocks away from ground zero.

In a letter, Trump said he made the offer “not because I think the location is a spectacular one (because it is not), but because it will end a very serious and inflammatory and highly divisive situation.”

The developer immediately rejected Trump’s offer.

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