Eric Trump Denies Reporter's Statements That Family Got Russian Funding for Golf Courses - NBC Bay Area
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Eric Trump Denies Reporter's Statements That Family Got Russian Funding for Golf Courses

The president has long denied having financial ties to Russia, though Donald Trump, Jr. once said the family business "sees a lot of money pouring in from Russia"

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017)

    President Donald Trump's son denied Monday that he told a sportswriter that the family's real estate business got money from Russia to fund golf courses.

    In an early morning tweet, Eric Trump said the account from writer James Dodson was "completely fabricated." His assertion came hours before a new round of testimony on Capitol Hill related to investigations into possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia's election meddling.

    According to Dodson, Eric Trump told him in 2014 that the family was receiving "all the funding we need out of Russia" and wasn't relying on American banks for money to build golf courses. Dodson, who recounted the alleged exchange Friday in an interview with Boston radio station WBUR, said Eric Trump also said Russians are "really invested in our programs" and "we just go there all the time."

    Eric Trump continued to deny the comments late Monday morning.

    ‘We Each Committed Our Unwavering Support’ to Dad

    [NATL] Eric Trump: ‘We Each Committed Our Unwavering Support’ to Dad
    After Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, son Donald. Jr., and daughter Tiffany spoke at the previous nights of the RNC, his son Eric spoke on the third night.
    (Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016)

    "This story is ridiculous," he said. "We own all of assets free and clear, buy the properties in cash, etc. This really is the worst of the media."

    The comments to Dodson echo earlier remarks from Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., who told a real estate conference in 2008 that the family business "sees a lot of money pouring in from Russia."

    Still, the president has long denied having financial ties to Russia. But some Democratic lawmakers say that unless Trump releases his tax returns, which he's so far refused to do, questions about possible business links to Russia will persist.

    The president turned over control of the Trump Organization to his sons shortly after taking office.