Emphasizing that his family has “zero ties to Russian investors,” Trump made it clear that author James Dodson got it wrong when he recently recalled meeting Eric Trump in 2014 at the Trump National Golf Club Charlotte. Dodson reportedly asked the younger Trump how the family was paying for its golf courses and he “sort of tossed off that he had access to $100 million” of Russian money.
In a radio interview, Dodson brought up the 2014 meeting like it was yesterday. “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 funding any kind of golf construction. It’s dead in the water the last four or five years,’” Dodson told WBUR. “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.’”
Calling Dodson’s claims that the funding for Trump golf courses came from Russia “categorically untrue” and “complete garbage,” Eric Trump told reporters that the Trump family owns its golf courses “free and clear.”
“It’s a recollection from some guy three years ago through a third person,” Trump told reporters.
The story told by Dodson has since gone viral on Twitter.
— WBUR (@WBUR) May 7, 2017
The year Eric Trump told author James Dodson that Russians fund Trump golf courses was 2014. pic.twitter.com/w6PlqX3p6X
— William Ferrall (@wmferrall) May 7, 2017
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