President Trump recently took to Twitter to tell the nation he will “never forget” the incredibly dark days of 9/11 and the “hardship” and sacrifice of Americans everywhere.
But, an investigation has revealed that Trump’s claims that he gave generously to a major 9/11 charity simply have no merit.
According to the NY Daily News:
“City Controller Scott Stringer conducted a review of hundreds of pages of previously sealed records of the two main 9/11 charities at the request of the Daily News, and found that Trump and his charity hadn’t donated a dime in the months after 9/11.
“For the periods covered by the audits, we did not find any record of a donation from Trump himself or a Trump entity to either the Twin Towers Fund or the New York City Public/Private Initiatives Inc.,” Stringer’s office said in a statement to the Daily News in response to a Freedom of Information Law request.”
Trump pledged to give $10,000, which is chump change for him, to the Twin Towers Fund. He made the pledge shortly after 9/11, but a review of every Form 990 from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which would show proof, showed not one single donation.
The only thing investigators could find was a single $1,000 donation, but that came in 2006, many years after. That was for a group founded by Scientologist Tom Cruise.
Trump also claimed, erroneously, on the campaign trail while running for president that he helped clear the rubble on 9/11. He didn’t.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) September 11, 2017
Here are a few facts about Donald Trump and 9/11 that you might find particularly interesting on the anniversary of this historic day:
- Gave no money to 9/11 charities in wake of terror attacks.
- Bragged about his building 40 Wall St. being “the tallest” immediately after the Towers fell.
- Strongly opposed construction of the 9/11 memorial.
- Collected a 150K grant for 40 Wall St. for recovery program meant to help small businesses after 9/11.
- Lied about housing people at 40 Wall St. in the wake of 9/11 attacks.
- Claimed to have lost “hundreds of friends” in the 9/11 attacks (no evidence to support this).
- Claimed he “helped a little bit” in clearing the rubble. No evidence to support.
- Claimed he saw “thousands of Muslims” celebrating Towers falling.
- Claimed that he saw bodies falling from the Towers from his Midtown apt, which is impossible.
- Paid his first visit to the 9/11 Memorial to curry favor on the eye of the NY primary.
- Claimed that 9/11 wouldn’t have happened if he were president.
- Once tweeted, “I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special data, September 11th.”