Prior to setting up his own personal debate, ostensibly to raise money for veterans groups, 2016 GOP presidential contender Donald Trump received a letter from a Queens, New York veterans organization asking for a donation so they could help homeless vets
What they received instead was quite different, reports the New York Daily News.
A bumper sticker reading; “Trump – Make America Great Again.”
According to Veterans-in-Command President Larry Robertson, the group sent off a request to native son Trump over a year ago asking for a donation for the cash-strapped organization that deals with assisting homeless vets.
But they received nothing from the billionaire businessman until last week when the bumper sticker came in the mail with a handwritten note reading, “Unfortunately we are unable to make donations from the campaign.”
The note continued, “Mr. Trump is very passionate about giving veterans the best life possible!” and was signed “Team Trump.”
According to Robertson, since that time they have received requests from the Trump campaign to support the candidate which the veteran finds puzzling.
“We never wrote to his campaign,” Robertson explained. “Now they want us to get out there and campaign and be on his team? Without the veterans, he wouldn’t be where he is today.”
Trump came under harsh criticism from veterans groups for using them as a cover to avoid the last GOP debate on Fox News because the network refused to remove Trump nemesis Megyn Kelly as a moderator.
Prior to announcing the alternative debate/ fundraiser, Trump has never been a big supporter of veterans groups through his Donald J. Trump Foundation.
According to NBC, Trump has given just $75,000 to veterans groups out of the $5 million donated by the foundation since 2010.
According to Trump, the money raised during his debate will go to 22 veterans groups — but Veterans-in-Command is not one of them.
“It just doesn’t make any sense. He’s campaigning for donations for veterans,” said Rodney Moore, a retired U.S. Coast Guard petty officer who works with Veterans-in-Command. “We were a little deflated.”