Donald Trump spent 40 minutes this morning lambasting the press for daring to criticize his dalliance is delaying providing donations to veterans groups raised during a January fund raiser, as well as giving a rundown of the money his is doling out, including a million bucks of his own money. He called one reporter from ABC a sleaze.
“You have to go through a process. When you send checks for hundreds of thousands of dollars to people and to companies and to groups that you’ve never heard of, charitable organizations, you have to vet it,” Trump said in explaining the delay. “You send people out. You do a lot of work. Now most of the money went out quite a while ago — some of it went out more recently.”
He also noted that a check has been cut for one of the organizations, Project for Patriots, but the check will not be mailed until the vetting is complete. “The check is ready to go, but they don’t have all of their appropriate” documentation, he said. That documentation? An IRS determination letter.
Trump will not give money raised by others to any group until it has proven its worthiness with verification from the IRS.
This is the same Trump who claims he cannot release his 2015 IRS return because he is being audited, even though an IRS spokesman told the media, “Nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information.”
Trump also won’t release past IRS returns, claiming they all are somehow interrelated.
So, if Trump will not allow himself to be vetted, why should anyone think it is appropriate to write him a check or vote for him?
Isn’t his stance a bit hypocritical? Oh yeah, this is Trump, the human Etch-a-Sketch.