Trump to reporter asking about promised money for veterans: ‘You’re a nasty guy’
Donald Trump is ponying up with money he promised veterans, but only after being publicly embarrassed to do so, and complaining he had “no obligation” to do so.
Almost four months after saying he would give $1 million of his own money to veterans’ causes, Republican candidate Donald Trump moved to fulfill that pledge on Monday evening — promising the entire sum to a single charity.
Trump said in an interview Tuesday that he pledged the $1 million to the Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation. The mogul notified the group’s chairman, retired FBI official James Kallstrom, in a phone call sometime Monday night, according to Kallstrom’s wife, Sue Kallstrom.
Trump’s call to the group came after The Washington Post and other media outlets had questioned whether Trump had actually fulfilled a vow he made in January at an Iowa fundraiser.
The timing of the gift also contradicts a statement from Trump’s campaign manager, who said last Friday that Trump had already given away his donation. “The money is fully spent,” Lewandowski said then. “Mr. Trump’s money is fully spent.”
…When asked if the Monday donation was in response to questions from the news media, Trump said: “You know, you’re a nasty guy. You’re really a nasty guy. I gave out millions of dollars that I had no obligation to do.”