President Trump on Thursday slammed a judge’s ruling that he must donate $2 million to charity for misusing his non-profit’s funds to further his political goals.
In a statement released on Twitter, Trump blasted the basis of the lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, claiming it was a political move against him.
“I am the only person I know, perhaps the only person in history, who can give major money to charity ($19M), charge no expense, and be attacked by the political hacks in New York State,” Trump wrote.
“No wonder why we are all leaving!” he added.
The suit against Trump was filed in June 2018 by then-Attorney General Barbara Underwood and claimed the Trump family – including the president and his three eldest children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric – allowed the foundation to be used as “little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.”
It accused the Donald J. Trump Foundation abused its tax-exempt status and violated federal and state campaign finance laws.
“Every penny of the $19 million raised by the Trump Foundation went to hundreds of great charitable causes with almost no expenses,” Trump added in his statement.
“The New York Attorney General is deliberately mischaracterizing this settlement for political purposes,” the statement continued.
Despite his anger, Trump said he’d be happy to donate $2 million to a host of charitable organizations.
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