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Donald Trump Says Mosque Near Ground Zero 'Absolutely Wrong'

By Patrick Hedlund | August 23, 2010 6:49pm | Updated on August 24, 2010 5:46am
Donald Trump called the proposed Ground Zero mosque
Donald Trump called the proposed Ground Zero mosque "insensitive" and said "it should be there."
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By Patrick Hedlund

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN — Real estate developer Donald Trump is the latest high-profile name to come out against the Ground Zero mosque.

The reality television star commented that the controversial religious center slated to rise just bocks from the World Trade Center site has no place opening in lower Manhattan.

"It's very insensitive and it shouldn't be there," Trump told "Extra" in advance of Monday night’s Miss Universe Pageant, which he owns.

"I'm a big believer in freedom of religion, but I think the mosque being in that location is absolutely wrong," he added.

Trump’s statements came just days after Miss USA Rima Fakih, the first Muslim to win the title, said religion should not outweigh sensitivity for 9/11 victims.

“I totally agree with President Obama with the statement on constitutional rights of freedom of religion," she told Inside Edition. "I also agree that it shouldn't be so close to the World Trade Center."

Protesters on either side of the mosque debate clashed in Lower Manhattan Sunday, with more than 600 people gathering at dueling demonstrations.

The 13-story Islamic center, called Park51, has been a source of major controversy since its founders unveiled the plan in May.