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Trump Entertains Crowd During Furniture Launch

By Home Furnishings Business in on March 2007 Donald Trump sparked lots of laughs from a crowd of more than 350 buyers, reporters and others who gathered at Lexington Home Brands Tuesday for the launch of Trump Home.

In brief remarks and a question-and-answer session, he touched on his long-running feuds with Rosie O€™Donnell and Martha Stewart. At one point, he said of O€™Donnell. €œWe build a very high-quality bed, but they€™re not strong enough for her.€ He later asserted that he was unimpressed with furniture from Stewart€™s collections she showed him €œwhen we were on speaking terms.€

Trump said he€™d seen many individual pieces from the collection, but Tuesday marked the first time he€™d seen the entire collection in a showroom setting. He was so impressed, he said the collections will be used in a planned expansion of a new Las Vegas hotel project and in model apartments of a building he€™s renovating that will include one apartment priced at $43 million. He said the furniture may also have a role in future seasons of his hit TV show, €œThe Apprentice.€

Following his remarks, Trump mingled easily with reporters and buyers€”posing for a succession of photos with buying teams and asking detailed questions of buyers about their plans for Trump Home rollouts. He said New York-based Macy€™s, which sells a line of licensed Trump apparel, has committed to Trump Home, and other retailers at the event also expressed confidence the line will generate strong sales.

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