Trump Trips Up

Bedeviled by debt, the developer divvies up his empire with his bankers

American Express never really wanted a 282-ft. yacht. Bankers Trust isn't sure what it will do with the Grand Hyatt in midtown Manhattan, especially in the middle of a recession, nor is Manufacturers Hanover exactly giddy about owning the Regency Hotel in Atlantic City. But then Citicorp is not exactly cut out to be a retailer or an airline operator, either.

Meet Donald Trump's bankers. Like the characters in the fairy tale The Emperor's New Clothes, a gaggle of major financial institutions has finally been forced to admit, after lending Trump billions of dollars, that there's a lot less to the...

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