Trump on vets: ‘I have got nothing but bad publicity’

May 24, 2016

 

A small number of Veteran protesters demonstrate outside Trump Tower in New York, U.S., May 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A small number of Veteran protesters demonstrate outside Trump Tower in New York, U.S., May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Nearly four months after he hosted a fundraiser for veteran groups, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s team conceded that the amount of cash raised fell short of initial claims, according to a Washington Post report. How far short? Trump ended up collecting just 75 percent of the $6 million originally claimed, according to the Post.

The news rubbed some veterans the wrong way, and yesterday a group protested outside Trump’s New York headquarters.

This, of course, comes on the heels of months of speculation over where the money went: As of late last month, much of the money raised (whatever dollar figure you care to assign it…) had not been distributed, according to the Daily Beast.

This brings us to last night, when Trump went on the offensive, clarifying (among other things) that charitable giving is not mandatory:

And that everything’s on the up-and-up:

Please consider this completely neutral “disgusting media publicity”.

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