So, Donald Trump, what did you do with the money you raised to support different veterans groups? You know, that was the fundraiser you gave when you wanted to skip out on one of the Republican debates in January. Where is the $6 million you say you raised?
Actually, getting a straight answer from the billionaire is like getting whip-lash. He makes no sense, even in simple statements:
‘I raised almost six million dollars for the veterans, including putting up one million dollars of my own money.’
Was that almost $6 million total? Or did you raise $6 million and add $1 million out of your pocket? Given Trump’s fondness for exaggerating, he might be saying the total was $6 million, but who knows?
Actually, as of March, Trump had distributed only about half of that total. A spokesperson gave CNN a list of 27 veterans’ organizations, which received $2.9 million. Hope Hicks said:
‘If the media spent half as much time highlighting the work of these groups and how our veterans have been so mistreated, rather than trying to disparage Mr. Trump’s generosity for a totally unsolicited gesture for which he had no obligation, we would all be better for it.’
By May 20th, the Trump campaign claimed that the figure $6 million was not correct. It was actually much less.
In a telephone interview with the Washington Post, Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski indicated the fundraiser only brought in about 75 percent of the amount Trump said it did, or $4.5 million approximately.
Lewandowski blamed some of Trump’s wealthy, albeit, unnamed friends:
‘There were some individuals who he’d spoken to, who were going to write large checks, [who] for whatever reason . . . didn’t do it. I can’t tell you who.’
Not only that, but Lewandowski did not know whether Trump’s $1 million personal pledge was part of the $4.5 million total or not. He confirmed that Trump did indeed give $1 million, but he wouldn’t give the names of any groups that received donations.
However, in a Monday Instagram, the Donald swore he raised $6 million and blamed the media for picking on him. In fact, he suggested the media go take a dive into the Clinton Foundation, if it wanted to find something dishonest.
No, the veterans deserve to know where their much-needed money went, who will return it, and when they will distribute it. Fess up, Trump.
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