Donald Trump has a sketchy history with charitable ventures. His own Trump Foundation is being investigated for self-dealing by the New York Attorney General. His donations are often underhanded methods of transferring contributions into his personal or business accounts. And he was caught using foundation funds to donate to a political group, which is prohibited by law. A veterans charity he established during the campaign turned out to be a blatant publicity stunt. It didn’t donate to any veterans causes until after a Washington Post story revealed the discrepancy.
Now Forbes is reporting that Trump has taken a personal interest in a charity started by his son Eric. According to the article, the charity began with apparent good intentions, but went sour when daddy intervened. Forbes quotes Ian Gillule, who served as membership and marketing director at Trump National Westchester:
“‘Mr. Trump had a cow. He flipped. He was like, ‘We’re donating all of this stuff, and there’s no paper trail? No credit?’ And he went nuts. He said, ‘I don’t care if it’s my son or not–everybody gets billed.'”
From that point on, the charity that had been donating the use of Trump resorts to St. Jude was charged for use of the facilities. Eric promoted his charity events as benefiting from his family’s resort properties. He bragged that all the money raised would go directly to cancer patients because he could get the location for free. However, as Forbes reveals:
“That’s not the case. In reviewing filings from the Eric Trump Foundation and other charities, it’s clear that the course wasn’t free–that the Trump Organization received payments for its use, part of more than $1.2 million that has no documented recipients past the Trump Organization. Golf charity experts say the listed expenses defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament.”
This pattern of greed and selfishness is repeated often by Trump and his family. They appear to believe that they are an entitled nobility who can skim whatever they want from people they’re pretending to help. And they do so without the slightest hint of shame. Given this latest revelation, anyone who donates anything to a Trump sponsored charity is essentially paying tributes to the family. And perhaps that’s the whole point, after all. Trump has already shown that he will use his for-profit enterprises to rake in cash from foreign entities seeking favor from the President. And now there’s more proof that he will do the same with his charities.
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