Loose lips sink ships, or so they say. Eric Trump may just find out in the near future if that saying holds any merit. Apparently, Eric can not keep his mouth shut, which may be his, and his fathers, demise.
As the FBI investigates further into what connections the Trump administration may have to Russia, more and more information keeps cropping up.
Golf writer James Dodson had the luck of hearing some dirt from Eric Trump first hand. In 2014, Dodson paid a visit to the president’s son at his new golf course in North Carolina. This game of golf was only after much hassle from his P.R. people. Over the weekend Dodson told WBUR that he kept being told that Donald Trump loved his books and was a huge fan. He went on to add, “I kept saying, ‘Donald Trump doesn’t read books, I’m told. And he hadn’t a clue who I am.’ Anyway, he called three or four times. Finally, I said yes.”
The plan was for Dodson to play nine holes with Trump and Eric, along with pro golfer Greg Norman and the Trump’s bodyguard. Dodson says that when he arrived he asked Trump about his finances, to which Trump “just sort of tossed off that he had access to $100 million.” Of course, this piqued the curiosity of Dodson. In an interview Dodson’s account of the interaction in which Trump admitted his ties to Russian banks went as follows:
‘So when I got in the cart with Eric,as we were setting off, I said, ‘Eric, who’s funding? I know no banks—because of the recession, the Great Recession—have touched a golf course. You know, no one’s finding any kind of golf construction. It’s dead in the water the last four or five years.
And this is what he said. He said, ‘Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.’ I said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Oh, yeah. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time.’ Now that was three years ago, so it was pretty interesting.’
Unsurprisingly Eric took to Twitter to debunk the story, calling it his favorite phrase. Fake news.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) May 8, 2017
If Dodson’s account of his golf trip with the Trump’s is factual, it would not be the first time that Trump’s have been connected to Russian money. Multiple reports indicate that the Trump organization, at a time when it was struggling in the 1990’s, received a large amount of financing from Russia. This is apparently due to the fact that many major U.S. banks refused to loan money to Donald Trump. Donald Trump Jr. said himself in 2008 that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
“It’s a recollection from some guy three years ago through a third person,” Eric told the New York Post, not long after the story broke. Eric denies that there is any Russian involvement in the North Carolina golf course, stating that the they “own their courses free and clear.”
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