Almost four months after promising $1 million of his own money to veterans’ causes, Donald Trump moved to fulfill that pledge Monday evening — promising the entire sum to a single charity as he came under intense media scrutiny.
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When asked Tuesday whether he had given the money this week only because reporters had been asking about it, Trump responded: “You know, you’re a nasty guy. You’re really a nasty guy. I gave out millions of dollars that I had no obligation to do.”
Problem is, he claimed he had raised $6 million, and then ponied up around $4.5 million. So he’s short $1.5 million. Which he could easily fill the gap from his supposedly large personal fortune. So, will he?
Thing is, Trump also lied about whether he ever claimed to have raised $6 million:
Trump also said he had never actually promised that the fundraiser had raised $6 million. “I didn’t say six,” he said.
But, in video of the event, Trump tells the crowd, “We just cracked $6 million! Right? $6 million.”
Trump was told that he did, indeed, say “$6 million.”
“Well, I don’t, I don’t have the notes. I don’t have the tape of it,” he said. “Play [the tape] for me. Because I’d like to hear it.” Before the video could be cued up, Trump had moved on.
And the Washington Post had let him. Meanwhile, did he ever answer any questions about being John Miller without hanging up? Nope. That passed and so will this. He’ll tell a different lie and all the dogs in the media will go chase that car instead.