Donald Trump believes Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was a success due to his cameo appearance. Earlier in the week, the film’s director, Chris Columbus, revealed Trump “bullied” his way into the sequel.

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According to Columbus, Trump would only allow the use of the Plaza Hotel if he was in the movie. “So we agreed to put him in the movie, and when we screened it for the first time, the oddest thing happened: People cheered when Trump showed up on screen. So I said to my editor, ‘Leave him in the movie. It’s a moment for the audience.’ But he did bully his way into the movie.”

Hitting Truth Social, Trump says that’s not what happened at all.


“They rented the Plaza Hotel in New York, which I owned at the time. I was very busy, and didn’t want to do it. They were very nice, but above all, persistent,” Trump wrote. “I agreed, and the rest is history! That little cameo took off like a rocket, and the movie was a big success, and still is, especially around Christmas time. People call me whenever it is aired.”

In a separate statement, Trump said: “That cameo helped make the movie a success, but if they felt bullied, or didn’t want me, why did they put me in, and keep me there, for over 30 years?”