Qaddafi Tent Back Up on Trump's N.Y. Estate

A tent pitched for Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi on Donald Trump's suburban New York City estate was back up on Thursday night, a day after it had been taken down.

Bedford officials arrived at the home Thursday evening with a stop-work order and a criminal summons after learning the tent was up again.

A Libyan official says it's legal to put up the tent. He called it a symbol of the Libyan leader who was in New York after speaking to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. Officials first said that Qaddafi would arrive at the tent but later said he wasn't coming.

The tent was taken down Wednesday after officials said it wasn't legal. Trump spokespeople said Wednesday and Thursday that the real estate mogul didn't know Qaddafi had planned to stay there.

Trump had been criticized for renting space for Qaddafi, and his organization issued a statement saying, "We have requested that the tenant occupying the property in Bedford, New York, remove the tent that was erected. They have complied with this request."

The town of Bedford had ordered the dismantling on Wednesday, claiming the tent violated code because people were sleeping in it. Town attorney Joel Sachs had threatened criminal action, but he said Trump had asked him to give him until the end of business Wednesday.

The Trump Organization said Tuesday that Qaddafi would not be coming to the property and insisted that Trump had not rented property to him. But it said part of the estate "was leased on a short-term basis to Middle Eastern partners, who may or may not have a relationship to Mr. Qaddafi."

As word got out Tuesday, local officials quickly objected to Qaddafi's anticipated presence.

Qaddafi's appearance at the U.N. drew demonstrators protesting Scotland's recent release of Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people.

Qaddafi had wanted to pitch a tent at Libya's 5-acre estate in Englewood, New Jersey, and live and entertain there during the UN assembly. But local opposition turned him away.

Later, the Libyan government asked to use Manhattan's Central Park for a tent, but the request was denied.

U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey said Qaddafi had shown a lack of remorse for the bombing and was "unwelcome throughout the New York area."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.