Eric Trump has been trying to defend his father’s claims of charitable giving in recent weeks, as Donald Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns. “My father has given me and my foundation hundreds of thousands of dollars. And he’s given other charities millions and millions and millions of dollars,” Eric Trump said last week. His charity, the Eric Trump Foundation, largely raises money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
The Washington Post has been scrutinizing Donald Trump’s claims of charitable donations of late, and contacted Eric Trump to confirm those donations to his charity. He could not recall a single specific instance of his father personally giving money to his foundation.
“I’m sure there have been but without going back through 10 years, I wouldn’t remember check for check off the top of my head,” he told The Washington Post. Eric Trump said that these “hundreds of thousands” were from Donald’s own pocket, but when pressed for evidence all he could come up with were two donations of $150,000.
These donations were not made from Donald’s own pocket, but came from the Donald Trump Foundation, a charity that Donald Trump has not personally given to since 2008. The checks went to buy sponsorship at charity golf tournaments for the Eric Trump Foundation, and occurred in 2008 and 2010. Trump did donate many rounds of free golf to be used as prizes for Eric’s foundation.
The Eric Trump Foundation sounds like a great cause, but unfortunately Eric Trump himself could not come up with any evidence that his own father had personally donated any money to it, much less “hundreds of thousands of dollars.” The Donald Trump Foundation may have given him $150,000, but again, Donald Trump has not donated any money to his own charity since 2008.