The AP has reported that Donald Trump has sent out several large checks to veterans organizations. The Republican nominee made the announcement Tuesday saying that he had kept the promise he made during a fundraiser held last January to give back to veterans.
The announcement was made during a press conference where he attacked the press for raising questions concerning the promised funds.
‘Instead of being like, ‘Thank you very much, Mr. Trump,’ or ‘Trump did a good job,’ everyone’s saying: ‘Who got it? Who got it? Who got it?’ And you make me look very bad. I have never received such bad publicity for doing such a good job.’
The Republican nominee is possibly referring to questions raised by the Washington Post who, for weeks, had been questioning him about the money raised during the fundraiser he held in protest of one of the Fox News Republican debates.
During the press conference, he listed 41 different groups which he claimed had received a total of $5.6 million. The AP contacted each of the groups and got a response from 30. Roughly half of those said the checks were dated May 24th, which was the day the Washington Post interviewed Trump about the money. One of those checks was drawn from his personal account and was written for 1 million dollars. The problem is that Trump had previously stated that that particular check had already been sent out. It is true that Trump gave $100,000 to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, but the promised $1 million didn’t come until after his interview with the Washington Post.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton took the opportunity to call her opponent out on his dishonesty. The former First Lady released a statement saying:
‘The problem here is the difference between what Donald Trump says and what Donald Trump does. He’s bragged for months about raising $6 million for vets and donating $1 million himself, but it took a reporter to shame him into actually making the contribution.’
It is true that several organizations did receive the funds in the early part of this year, but the vast majority of the checks were sent out on or shortly after the interview with the Washington Post.
The full video of Trump’s press conference can be seen here:
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.