‘New York de-valued’: Conservative website claims Donald Trump never donated to 9/11 charities
Donald Trump — who invoked 9/11 when hammering back at Republican presidential nomination rival Ted Cruz for sneering at “New York values” — failed to donate to any of the many 9/11 charities that sprang up in the wake of the tragic terrorist attack, reports a conservative website.
While Trump drew some fire earlier this week for tweeting a pictured of the destroyed Twin Towers to Cruz, that may have been the only contribution he had to offer to the memory of those who died on 9/11/2001.
According to RedState, a review of charitable giving detailed in a 2003 report from The Foundation Center on the “unprecedented outpouring of charitable support that followed the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,” showed no mention of the Donald J. Trump Charitable Foundation.
The Foundation Center report noted that nearly 1300 foundations, corporations and other institutional donors offered up to a total of $1.1 billion for recovery, relief and support efforts.
The report described it as “A milestone for philanthropy.”
In November of 2015, The Smoking Gun came to the same conclusion about the dearth of donations from Trump, writing: “Trump, who frequently reminds the public that he is worth TEN BILLION DOLLARS, is president of the Donald J. Trump Charitable Foundation, which the developer founded nearly 30 years ago.”
But according to both websites, the only 9/11 contribution from Trump’s billions was a paltry $1000 given to a sketchy Scientology program that administered treatment to firemen who inhaled toxins while working on the smoldering World Trade Center.
That program was part of the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Fund, co-founded by actor Tom Cruise, and relied upon a “Purification Rundown” invented by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Trump’s campaign previously responded to the Smoking Gun’s allegations by saying that they made donations to the Red Cross, however those donations went into the Red Cross general fund and not one designated specifically for 9/11 relief.