Trump: He's burning up

 

Donald Trump mixed business with pleasure Friday night. The 64-year-old mogul and his cronies threw a party to literally

Donald Trump mixed business with pleasure Friday night.

The 64-year-old mogul and his cronies threw a party to literally

burn the $210 million mortgage of the Trump Royale high rise in

Sunny Isles Beach. In plain English, it's paid off.

The pyrotechnic stunt has been done before: in the '80s, Trump staged a ``mortgage burning'' at NYC's Trump Tower. We're unsure if that bash had the same pomp as Friday night's party, which included sexy fire dancers.

The Donald was in a great mood, with reason. ``This is a proud moment because we're in a terrible economy,'' he said. ``We have a lot of happy people so we decided to have a little fun tonight.''

Trump isn't celebrating long; he returns to the boardroom to host season 11 of Celebrity Apprentice March 6 on NBC.

``It's going to be a great cast,'' Trump promised. ``Look at the past winners, Bret Michaels, Joan Rivers and Piers Morgan. No one had really ever heard of Piers before. Now he's taking over for Larry King. I picked a winner.''

Trump sees no sign of the hit show dying down.

``There have been 15 copies of Apprentice. I don't want to mention names, but many celebrities have tried to do a version or a knockoff, and most failed within the first week,'' he said. ``And they all have failed.''

What's the secret, then?

``I think people watch it to learn about business, but the concept is different,'' he said. ``Be it Omarosa or whatever -- it's great entertainment.''

-- MADELEINE MARR

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