Trump says his son’s charity is giving back to charity
Donald Trump has defended his eldest son, Eric, after he revealed he and his wife donated $5,000 to charity while he was running for president.
In an interview with The Washington Times, Trump said he had “no idea” that the $5 million donation came from his son.
The billionaire businessman said he did not realize the donation came while he and Eric were still living in their New Jersey home when he was elected to Congress in 2006.
“I had no idea,” Trump said.
“It was an accidental donation, I was trying to figure out how to get it back.
I think that was my mistake.
I was giving to charity when I was a little boy.”
He said he made the donation to the Donald J. Trump Foundation after his son was elected.
The Donald J, Jr. Foundation is based in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., and has a stated mission to help poor people around the world.
“It’s not the way I would have done it, but I don’t think there’s any way I could have done anything different,” Trump told the newspaper.
“My children were very active in helping out.
They did that for years.
It was a very good experience for them and their family.”
Trump, who is married to Melania, has said that he gave $25,000 of his $200 million fortune to the foundation in 2005 and 2008, when he ran for president for the first time.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the Trump Foundation had been under investigation for possible conflicts of interest and other allegations related to the 2016 presidential campaign, which he won by more than two million votes.