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Miami Billionaire Perez Rejects His Friend Trump’s Wall Overture

  • Florida condo king calls Mexico border plan ‘idiotic’
  • Developer says he was approached for a position with HUD

Miami real estate tycoon Jorge Perez said he declined an invitation by President Donald Trump to help build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, describing the plan as “idiotic.”

Perez, a billionaire who has built Trump-branded towers in South Florida, said the president e-mailed him after the inauguration with plans for the wall and asked if he’d be interested in working on it. In an interview at the offices of his company, Related Group, the Argentine-born developer said he politely declined and joked about which side of the barrier he would end up on.