In an exclusive interview with New York City Controller Scott Stringer, it was revealed that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may not have actually given to any 9/11 charities after all.
According to a New York Daily News interview, Stringer revealed that records show Trump pledged $10,000 to a major 9/11 charity but the donation never surfaced. Previously, Trump claimed he gave generously to help the city. This confirms claims that were made in November 2015 made by the Smoking Gun blog that Trump never actually donated anything.
The donation was part of a fundraising effort Howard Stern was pushing in the months that followed the attack. Audio recordings of Stern’s interview with Trump October 10, 2001 (below) confirms that he and co-host Robin Quivers thanked Trump for his $10,000 pledge.
“He gave us $10,000,” Quivers.
“Yes he did, to our fund,” Stern responded.
Trump didn’t dispute that he made the pledge on the Stern show. Stern claimed that the fund was set up by Rudy Giuliani and every dime would go to the families of those killed in the World Trade Towers.
“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 when the paper filed a Freedom of Information Act request.
In a 2015 statement from the Trump campaign, Hope Hicks told the Daily Mail, “Mr. Trump has donated close to half a million dollars to organizations as a result of the 9/11 tragedy including the American Red Cross and the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Fund. In addition to a total of $102 million dollars donated to hundreds of charitable foundations over a relatively short period of time, many of which helped people affected by 9/11.”
There is no evidence that Trump gave, at least in the year following the attacks. According to their office, there was a review period that covered the year that followed September 11, 2001, and they were unable to conclude Trump gave to either of the funds he claimed he donated to.
The Daily News obtained every 990 Forms from the Donald J. Trump Foundation from 2001 and 2014 and it proves there are no donations from the foundation. There was a $1,000 donation in 2006 to the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Fund, but that group was using sketchy scientific methods approved by the “Church” of Scientology to hep rescue workers. In April 2016, Trump’s foundation did donate $100,000 to the 9/11 Museum, but that was after he stopped giving money to his foundation and was requesting donations from others to his foundation.
Trump also previously claimed that he received $150,000 from a government fund designed to help businesses recover after 9/11. While that is true, Trump claimed it was reimbursement for his help for the 9/11 victims he said he took into his nearby building at 40 Wall Street. He also bragged that his building was now the tallest since the towers fell.
The campaign refused to comment on whether or not Trump did actually help people in his building and no other people can confirm Trump’s claims.
“I don’t remember,” Nancy Lara, the building’s property manager at the time said. “I honestly don’t remember. It’s a long time ago.”
New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), managed the Ground Zero Task Force and she too said she didn’t recall him being involved. “I don’t recall his name ever being in the mix.”
“Every time New York City suffered a tragedy Donald Trump was there to help,” Giuliani said at the Republican National Convention in July. “He’s not going to like my telling you this but he did it anonymously.”
According to Giuliani, Trump made non-specific and anonymous donations. The controller’s office has no record of it.
Listen to Trump graciously accepting praise from Howard Stern on the October 10, 2001 show below: