In the wake of the terror attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers and changed America forever, Donald Trump promised to give large sums of money to various 9/11 charities. But according to a recent audit conducted by the New York City Comptroller’s Office, Trump didn’t donate squat.
In 2001, just weeks after the attacks, Trump promised to donate $10,000 to the Twin Towers Fund. However, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, a Democrat, said the GOP nominee never gave the charity a dime.
My office has reviewed the donations made in the nearly 12 months following the attacks – and we didn’t find evidence that he contributed a single cent to the victims, our first responders, and to our city through the Twin Towers Fund.
In the wake of 9/11, New Yorkers came together, healed, and rebuilt. If Donald Trump claimed to donate and didn’t, if he claimed to support New Yorkers in a time of crisis and refused, then that would be just plain wrong.
To be fair, it is possible that Trump made his donation after the two-year period covered by the audit, but given his history of not following through on his generous promises, I wouldn’t say that it is likely.
Following requests from multiple news organizations, “Stringer’s office conducted a review of previously sealed records of the Twin Towers Fund and the New York City Public/Private Initiatives Inc., doing business as the Twin Towers Fund, which were set up in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks to raise money to support victims’ families, first responders and first responders’ families.”
The New York City Comptroller’s Office confirmed to ABC News that it had manually reviewed about 1,500 pages of donor records, containing the names of more than 110,000 individuals and entities that were collected as part of the audits. The audit of the Twin Towers Fund covered the period from Sept. 12, 2001 to Aug. 31, 2002, while the audit of the New York City Public/Private Initiatives Inc., doing business as the Twin Towers Fund, covered the period Sept. 12, 2001 to June 30, 2002.
This investigation revealed that Trump hadn’t given a single penny to the Twin Towers Fund in the year that followed 9/11, despite all of the GOP nominee’s claims that he had donated yuuuge sums of money to the cause. Like everything else that comes out of Trump’s mouth, this has turned out to be bullsh*t too. Raise your hand if you’re shocked.
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