Trump: ‘Hah! I Could Have Made the Louisiana Purchase for 45 Million Francs’

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Good deal?

President-elect Donald Trump said one of the great foreign policy successes in United States history—its purchase of about a third of its landmass in what is known as the Louisiana Purchase—was an “amateur” real estate deal made by “hacks.”

Speaking at the last of his “victory rallies,” in Mobile, Ala., Trump said he could have acquired the more than 800,000 square miles of territory from France for 45 million francs, rather than the 68 million francs President Thomas Jefferson paid in 1803.

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‘Coulda done better’

The price tag of 68 million francs translates into about $15 million, or about $250 million in today’s dollars, a price historians say is remarkable for a piece of land that extends from the southern tip of Louisiana to the northern border of Montana and gives the United States its breadbasket—the area of the country that is among the most fertile in the world.

By comparison, it costs New York City $1 million a day, or about that same $250 million over eight months, to provide security to Trump in Trump Tower, which is on 5th Ave., one of the busiest streets in Manhattan.

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Worth the paper?

Trump told his victory rally that his likeness should be on Mount Rushmore instead of Jefferson’s, because Jefferson “doesn’t know how to make a real estate deal like I do.”

Historians say the price tag of 68 million francs is even more remarkable, because about a third of that was in the form of forgiven debt, so the out-of-pocket costs to the United States was only about $50 million.

“I might just have Jefferson taken down from that mountain,” Trump said. “It wasn’t that great of a deal, he wasn’t that great of a president, and his state voted for Crooked Hillary instead of me. I think he’s been up there long enough, don’t you?”

Later, Trump said he was only kidding about taking Jefferson down from Mount Rushmore. “No one can take a joke anymore,” he said. “But about that bad real estate deal of Jefferson’s. I wasn’t joking about that. Maybe Jefferson was a great man but he wasn’t the kind of negotiator I am!”

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