President Donald Trump raised eyebrows with a series of tweets defending his banking history.
The president insisted he did not need to borrow money to pursue real estate projects, and also claimed he could easily have obtained loans from any bank -- rather than relying on foreign investors and the embattled Deutsche Bank.
"The Fake News Media loves the narrative that I didn’t use many banks because the banks didn’t like me," Trump tweeted. "No, I didn’t use many banks because I didn’t (don’t) need their money (old fashioned, isn’t it?). If I did, it would have been very easy for me to get."
"And remember, a bank that I did use years ago, the now badly written about and maligned Deutsche Bank, was then one of the largest and most prestigious banks in the world!" Trump added. "They wanted my business, and so did many others!"
....And remember, a bank that I did use years ago, the now badly written about and maligned Deutsche Bank, was then… https://t.co/Nuk1sCdYB9— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1562845502.0
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Deutsche Bank AG as part of its probe of alleged money laundering through Malaysia’s scandal-plagued 1MDB investment fund, and the bank has also made news this week after severing ties earlier this year with Jeffrey Epstein as federal authorities prepared sex trafficking charges against him.
Other Twitter users questioned the timing of Trump's rant about Deutsche Bank, which Congress has subpoenaed to examine evidence of their dealings with the president.
@realDonaldTrump I smell trouble.— #GoodbyeTrump (@#GoodbyeTrump)1562845576.0
@realDonaldTrump Our @POTUS is indeed a money laundering Russian criminal who is inept, insecure and incompetent. #AnybodyButTrump2020— Sad Sue (@Sad Sue)1562845614.0
@realDonaldTrump They were the largest because they laundered Russian money lmao.— Bobo: Chimp (with mange). (@Bobo: Chimp (with mange).)1562845591.0
@realDonaldTrump Oh Donald… Deutsche Bank SUED you for failure to pay back a $600 million loan, and when you lost t… https://t.co/oW5ZvFXzzW— MatthewDicks (@MatthewDicks)1562845856.0
@realDonaldTrump Is everything alright?— Michichick-Gal from Michigan (@Michichick-Gal from Michigan)1562845782.0
@realDonaldTrump You conned them. You are a money launderer and they didn't care. They were corrupt when you used t… https://t.co/8MFxPNNNxh— k.m. munro (@k.m. munro)1562846242.0
@realDonaldTrump #DonaldTrump needs to release at least 10 years of his tax returns. He’s filed bankruptcy five tim… https://t.co/RaGx8i6Rq4— Jules Morgan 🇺🇸 (@Jules Morgan 🇺🇸)1562845975.0
@realDonaldTrump so that's it - banking info is about to go public— Auctores scelerum florent (@Auctores scelerum florent)1562845746.0
@realDonaldTrump Yeah banks love lending money and losing it all in bankruptcy. Banks love lending to the biggest b… https://t.co/vakHBYOQXv— papadave Ⓥ (@papadave Ⓥ)1562845729.0
@realDonaldTrump They are giving your records to the court aren't they? They were badly maligned world wide because… https://t.co/WwT8N9LUYm— Nancy Metzger (@Nancy Metzger)1562845937.0
@realDonaldTrump Banks don’t want your business because you are a serial defaulter.— Brad Rice (@Brad Rice)1562846018.0
@realDonaldTrump None of the banks would lend to you because your business deals kept going into bankruptcy- except… https://t.co/N9zfHw0kZr— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1562846076.0
@realDonaldTrump So can you inform the public who paid off Kavanaugh’s debt? We’d like to know— & then there's Maude 🍺🩸 (@& then there's Maude 🍺🩸)1562845892.0
@realDonaldTrump You laundered money through Deutsche Bank. Funny how Supreme Court Justice Kennedy's son, who wor… https://t.co/EheiY1ct0u— 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸superlorna69🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸superlorna69🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸)1562846320.0
@realDonaldTrump You must be really worried about what Deutsche Bank is going to reveal about you and Kushner. With… https://t.co/CWY8V0euhX— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️)1562846000.0
@realDonaldTrump Defaulting on your loans has a way of drying up your credit sources, Spanky. Banks don't see you a… https://t.co/040WJoRUfw— Tom Shafer (@Tom Shafer)1562846025.0
@realDonaldTrump Everyone remember Deutsche Bank? The bank that kept #DerangedDonald Trump afloat with secret mone… https://t.co/DskwbIqnrX— Holly Lee (@Holly Lee)1562846042.0