To the Editor: President Trump has expressed his great admiration for and support of America’s veterans, and he did so at New York City’s Veterans Day parade.
In 2016 he arranged for the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a tax-exempt charitable organization, to hold a fundraiser in January, just before the Iowa primary, for the benefit of veterans.
Many people contributed a total of $2.8 million, believing they were supporting our fighting men and women.
But the foundation, controlled by Mr. Trump and his three adult children, directed the $2.8 million to Trump’s presidential campaign instead.
This would have gone undetected except that a reporter, a member of the pesky “Fake News” free press, investigated and wrote an article about it many months later.
After that expose, some of the money was then distributed to veterans groups.
And just last Thursday, Nov. 7, according to the New York Times, President Trump agreed to pay a $2 million fine and sign a stipulation admitting the scam, and to admit that the Donald J. Trump Foundation largely benefited Donald J. Trump.
Additionally children Eric, Don Junior and Ivanka, foundation board members, agreed to undergo training so that they wouldn’t do similar scams in the future.
How many of us would need such training to avoid such self-dealing?