In what Donald Trump calls an effort to end a "highly divisive situation," the mogul offered to buy a stake in property near ground zero where a cultural center that would house a mosque is planned, according to The Associated Press.
As part of the deal, Trump, host and executive producer of The Apprentice, had one condition: That any such cultural center be at least five blocks farther away from the World Trade Center site.
Trump penned a letter, released Thursday by his publicist, to real estate investor Hisham Elzanaty in hopes of buying out his share for more than 25 percent of what Elzanaty paid for it.
"I am making this offer as a resident of New York and citizen of the United States, not because I think the location is a spectacular one (because it is not), but because it will end a very serious, inflammatory, and highly divisive situation that is destined, in my opinion, to only get worse," Trump's letter said.
Opponents of the cultural center insist it would be an insult to those lost during 9/11 to have a mosque so close to where Islamic extremists flew two planes into the twin towers.
However, Trump's deal looks to be failing, the AP reported.
Wolodymyr Staraosolsky, a lawyer for the investor in the real estate partnership, said Trump's offer is "just a cheap attempt to get publicity and get in the limelight."
Reps for Trump did not immediately respond to TVGuide.com's request for comment.