Donald Trump's towers glitter with gold lamé and mirrored glass. But underneath lurks a story of broken promises, angry buyers and lawsuits. What does this mean for his $500bn presidential building spree?
As the self-styled builder president, Donald Trump began his electoral campaign with a grand architectural promise. “I will build a great wall,” he said, standing in the lobby of his proudest creation, Trump Tower in New York, surrounded by 240 tonnes of pink Breccia Pernice marble. “Nobody builds walls better than me, believe me. And I'll build them very inexpensively.”
The billionaire real estate tycoon and president-elect has made a career out of building inexpensive walls and filling them with very expensive apartments. But this would be a wall of a different kind: an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall” that would march along the Mexican border, to keep out the “drugs, crime and rapists”, punctuated with one “big, beautiful door” – presumably so his Trump Tower taco bowls could still come in.