In an interview with Newsmax host Eric Bolling, the former president’s second-born son suggested that his family had acted ethically when his father, Donald Trump, was in office.
He then offered a very particular example of how stringent the Trump family purportedly was about not taking advantage of one member being the leader of the free world.
“If somebody came into one of our hotels while my father was president and they were from a foreign country, a government official from a foreign country, and we found about it, you know what we’d do? We’d donate all the money from that margarita they bought at the bar ... back to the U.S. Treasury,” he told Bolling.
Eric Trump: “If somebody came into one of our hotels while my father was president & they were from a foreign country, a government official from a foreign country - you know what we’d do? We’d donate all the money from that margarita they bought at the bar to the US Treasury.” pic.twitter.com/dxU537XY0b
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) August 22, 2023
The U.S. Treasury did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment on this almost-certainly-bogus claim.
The Trump administration repeatedly came under fire from ethics watchdogs, and in 2019, the New York Supreme Court ordered Donald Trump to pay $2 million in damages for “improperly using charitable assets to intervene in the 2016 presidential primaries and further his own political interests.”
In 2017, Forbes reported that the Trump Organization benefited financially from Eric Trump’s own foundation, which paid to use Trump properties for charity events. (He suspended the operations of his foundation in 2016.)
So it’s not surprising that many people on social media were skeptical about Eric Trump’s latest claim about the Trump family’s ethics.
Lolz. Of all the blatant lies Eric Trump has spewed, donating margarita money to the US Treasury is by far the funniest. https://t.co/PduIAHN5NA
— Hadley Sheley (@HadleySheley) August 22, 2023
Narrator: “They did not in fact do this.” https://t.co/OZQbtzG9xS
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) August 22, 2023
— Adam Kinzinger (Slava Ukraini) 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@AdamKinzinger) August 22, 2023
The definition of stupidity - Erick Trump. 😂😂 😂 https://t.co/2D6PxHQH1v
— Lev Parnas (@levparnas) August 22, 2023
This is rich coming from a grifter family that has been barred for life, by court order, to never be allowed on a charity board because they stole money from a Charity Raising Money for Pediatric Cancers. His brother in law Jared sold Khashoggi to the Saudis for 2 billion. GTFOH https://t.co/CrEtCKDKGp
— Furious George 🇺🇦🇨🇦 (@ManiatiGeorge) August 22, 2023
Shameless. Remember how many foreign ‘officials’ and spies ended up at Mar-A-Lago. Especially from China and Russia. They got drunk there and were pictured with Trump and co. Just 2 examples… https://t.co/gHHntEs5d3pic.twitter.com/aLOBKnODDU
— Darshan Sanghrajka - @chiefchimpanzee on Threads (@chiefchimpanzee) August 22, 2023
— LESLIE SCOTT (@Leslieannscott) August 22, 2023