Donald Trump has a long history of lying about money. In fact, bolstering his image as a successful businessman takes up much of his time.
He claimed to be worth $10 billion.
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He promised to finance his own campaign (via his now defunct campaign website that can be viewed here.):
‘I am self funding my campaign so I don’t owe anything to lobbyists and special interests. I will bring the greatest negotiators and smartest operators to Washington to help Make America Great Again!’
He claimed to donate to charity (via an interview with Playboy):
‘I give millions for charity each year.’
So, it comes as no surprise that Trump is now under fire for the shady management of his inaugural fund. That is unless you are Donald Trump and are looking to make a quick buck.
His Inaugural Committee worked hard, focusing on maximizing private donations to this fund. And at the final accounting, he raised about $107 million. This huge amount of money was more than enough to offset the costs of the events, which is why Trump pledged to give the remainder to charity.
The promises started in March of 2017. From The Washington Post:
‘And the committee that raised a record $90 million for Trump’s inauguration pledged that, after running a no-frills celebration, the remaining funds would be given to charity.’
In June, The Associated Press followed up on the pledge, asking the committee chair Tom Barrack about the progress regarding the charity donation (reported by CBS):
‘Barrack told the AP in June that “a full and clean external audit has been conducted and completed” of the inaugural committee’s finances, though the committee would not share a copy with AP or say who performed it.’
September just brought more excuses from Barrack (via The Associated Press):
‘In a recent statement, Barrack said the committee’s donations to charity “surely will exceed any previous inauguration,” but will have to wait until the end of November, when he said the committee will publicly disclose details about its finances.’
The November deadline came and went, and now here we are in January, a year after these funds were accepted by the Trump administration, still waiting for answers. Not one iota of information about the funds or any proof of charitable donations has been released. His pledge to use these funds to donate to Hurricane Harvey victims has been reported, but not proven. The only confirmed statement is that some of these funds were used to redecorate both the White House and VP Pence’s accommodations. Maybe there wasn’t enough gold? After all, Don-Don does think the White House isn’t quite up to his standards:
— Justin Ptak (@justinptak) January 14, 2018
This has prompted public outcry:
"Barrack said the committee’s donations to charity surely will exceed any previous inauguration,' but will have to wait until the end of November, when he said the committee will publicly disclose details about its finances." Months later, still nothing. https://t.co/hpAxvYdY1L
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) January 5, 2018
Church and state are separate. One should not be denied medical anything because of their religions or sexually orientation. And another thing you big faker, you never gave the left over inauguration money to charity like you promised. YOU ARE TRYING TO KILL THE AMERICAN SPIRIT
— Cheryl Sheppard (@camsheppard1) January 18, 2018
@realDonaldTrump Paid OFF pORN sTARS TO KEEP QUIET ABOUT AFFAIRS WITH SLIMEY 🐍🐍 @POTUS
WHERE are the Leftover Millions of Dollars From His SAD SAD INAUGURATION? The Inauguration that NOONE wanted to Perform at? $$ was Supposed to go to Charity…TRUMP is a CROOK & LIAR. https://t.co/YpikkEzQLU
— Lady Turnip (@DuchessRutabaga) January 18, 2018
Now it’s time to hold Trump accountable. Where’s the money, Don? Where’s the missing $50 million?