According to a report by Forbes magazine, Eric Trump’s Foundation, which is advertised as a charity for child cancer research, funneled $100,000 worth of donations from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which has been linked with unscrupulous spending in the past, to the Trump family coffers.
Eric Trump said that the money was mostly given to the foundations as a form of payment for the usage of the Trump National Golf Club in New York for golfing events that raise millions of dollars for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. According to Ian Gilule, former marketing director at Trump National Westchester, Eric was able to hold those events free of charge, but for some reason in 2011, the elder Trump said, “’I don’t care if it’s my son or not, everybody gets billed.’” However, later the Donald J. Trump Foundation gave $100,000 donations back to the Eric Trump Foundation, which would then “donate” money to the Trump Organization, which has been linked with Donald Trump’s business ventures. Forbes observed that “this maneuver would appear to have more in common with a drug cartel’s money-laundering operation than a charity’s best-practices textbook.”
This news all comes as the New York attorney general’s office is still knee-deep in an investigation of the Donald J. Trump Foundation in an attempt to determine if the charity financially benefited Trump himself, despite the President’s attempt to dissolve the charity as a form of avoiding any visible conflict of interest. Additionally, this revelation that Eric was involved in a potential Donald scheme comes as Eric is receiving backlash for saying Democrats who criticize Trump are “not even people”. He accused the Democratic Party of “imploding” and employing obstructionism to harm the Trump administration. Another event on the Trump agenda coming up is the Congressional testimony of former FBI director James Comey, who is expected to comment on the investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump administration tomorrow.