United States President, Donald Trump, has been instructed by a New York judge to pay $2 million to replace the money from his charity which he allegedly used to fund his political campaign three years ago.
Last year, Trump’s charity – the Donald J Trump Foundation – was shut down. Prosecutors referred to the charity as a “chequebook” for Trump’s personal endeavours. According to the judge’s ruling, the charity which was run by Trump and his three children was not allowed to be involved in politics. Trump argued that all the money from the foundation went to charity.
“I am the only person I know, perhaps the only person in history, who can give major money to charity ($19m), charge no expense, and be attacked by the political hacks in New York State,” Trump tweeted.
Trump claims that Letitia James – the New York attorney general responsible for the lawsuit – is “deliberately mischaracterising this settlement for political purposes”.
According to Judge Saliann Scarpulla, Trump had broken “his fiduciary duty” by having finances generated for United States veterans allocated instead towards his election campaign in 2016.
Trump says he has no issue replacing the funds
“I direct Mr Trump to pay the $2,000,000, which would have gone to the Foundation if it were still in existence,” Scarpulla wrote. Trump is now obligated to pay back the $2 million to several charities that he was no association with.
Trump claims that the matter is already concluded as he has no problem donating the $2 million to the Children’s Aid Society, City Meals-on-Wheels, the United Way of Capital Area, the Army Emergency Relief, Martha’s Table, Give an Hour, the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the United Negro College Fund.
James claims that Trump confirmed he was “personally misusing funds at the Trump Foundation”. She also requested that Judge Scarpulla prohibits Trump from operating a charity ever again, but this was not enforced.