Trump Brags About Using “Other People’s Money” Amidst Reports Of Illegal Charity Spending [VIDEO]

CNN reports:

Donald Trump bragged Tuesday there’s “nothing like” using other people’s money, hours after a report said he used more than $250,000 from his charitable organization to litigate lawsuits against his business interests. Trump, while calling for building safe zones in Syria financed by Gulf states, vaunted the benefits of doing business with “OPM.”

“It’s called OPM. I do it all the time in business. It’s called other people’s money,” Trump said. “There’s nothing like doing things with other people’s money because it takes the risk — you get a good chunk out of it and it takes the risk.”

His comments came on the heels of a Washington Post report published earlier Tuesday, which called attention to Trump’s funneling of contributions from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to charities in order to settle lawsuits against Trump. Trump has only sparsely contributed to his foundation. Instead, the foundation is largely funded by outside donors — not Trump himself.

Last night the Trump campaign responded to the Washington Post‘s report:

“In typical Washington Post fashion, they’ve gotten their facts wrong. It is the Clinton Foundation that is set up to make sure the Clintons personally enrich themselves by selling access and trading political favors. The Trump Foundation has no paid board, no management fees, no rent or overhead, and no family members on its payroll.

“There was not, and could not be, any intent or motive for the Trump Foundation to make improper payments. All contributions are reported to the IRS, and all Foundation donations are publicly disclosed. Mr. Trump is generous both with his money and with his time. He has provided millions of dollars to fund his Foundation and a multitude of other charitable causes.

“The Post’s reporting is peppered with inaccuracies and omissions from a biased reporter who is clearly intent on distracting attention away from the corrupt Clinton Foundation, a vehicle for the Clintons to peddle influence at the expense of the American people. Mr. Trump personally and the Trump Foundation, however, are staying focused on their charitable giving to veterans, the police, children and other deserving recipients.” — Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor.

  • sherman

    And millions of people will believe those lies, and will rationalize him not releasing his taxes.

    • Gustav2

      One of the examples of the “charitable” self is when he was inducted in the German American Hall of Fame. He gave $X money to them, then charged the group ten times that amount to have the ceremony at Mar-a-Lago

      • Treant

        I’m trying to imagine how the GAHOF would let themselves be duped like that. Unless the charge to use Mar-a-Lago was actually reasonable and his donation quite small, that is.

        • Gustav2

          Maybe the GAHOF was only in it for the publicity, then got screwed. This 50% German had never heard of them before this nonsense.

          • Falconlights

            Neither has this 20% German raised by 100% German-American parents…and I heard about a lot of German stuff because my mom, especially, was really into German culture and food. I really miss her Rindsrolladen.

            This guy is a disgrace to good German-Americans everywhere.

          • Beagle

            More like 75% here, and I never heard of them before either.

    • Andy King

      I was reading the editorial pages of RT the other day and I had a strange feeling that I’d read it already… After another Trump press release, I understand why. It’s uncanny. Political adversaries are “biased” liars who “clearly” have ulterior motives. The intended audience doesn’t want to think for themselves, and the publisher is more than happy to supply a narrative for them.

  • AtticusP
    • Falconlights

      Thank you!!

  • Ray Taylor

    Hey, look over there. Nothing to see here.

  • Smokey

    And always, if you look closely at the Orange Fluffer-Nutter’s campaign:

  • Sk3ptic

    So show us the tax returns.

    • Treant

      Since they’re full of bribes and empty of charity, he can’t, of course.

      • DN

        And donations to NAMBLA. Great people are saying it. All the best people.

      • Sk3ptic


      • Nic Peterson

        Trumpanzees wouldn’t care. They own their ignorance with a fierce pride.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    And yet the people who admire Trump for this are outraged at someone buying a pint of Haagen-Daz with food stamps.

    • Oh’behr

      Wait, don’t they buy a Yuuuge pint, pint?, I mean quart of Caviar with those food stamps?

  • Rex

    So, steal from the poor and give to the rich, got it.

    • Oikos

      It’s no coincidence that trickle down (pee on my leg) economics works the same way.

      • Oh’behr

        At some point, I think it became poop on their heads, they won’t notice the shit (economics).

  • DN

    So the people at the Trump Foundation never thought to ask if this kind of activity was legal? Or even ethical?

    George Costanza wouldn’t have let this happen when he was running his dead fiancee’s foundation.

    • CPT_Doom

      I think your answer is right here:

      “The Trump Foundation has no paid board, no management fees, no rent or overhead, and no family members on its payroll”

      Unlike the Clinton Foundation, which is actually focused on doing good work, the Trump Foundation is a pet project of one man, operating without any oversight or anyone to question him. It’s a scam, like the rest of his life.

    • canoebum

      “It’s not a lie if you believe it”. -George Costanza

  • Friday

    More Republican lie, deny, and project, I see.

  • Captain Obvious

    Bank robbery is another example of using OPM, so why is it illegal?

    • clay

      let’s ask Thiel.

  • Joe in PA

    and all Foundation donations are publicly disclosed…. which is how your dumb ass was caught giving money to Bondi. Oh wait, that was a clerical error…riiiiiight.

  • rednekokie

    And should be become president, then OPM will become “our people’s money” — meaning the U. S. Treasury.
    If anyone in their right mind thinks Trump wants anything other than raiding the people’s treasury, then they are in the wrong time and space.
    He is a liar and a thief — and the presidency is his open door to enrichment.

    • Captain Obvious

      That’s precisely what his hero, Putin, did.

      • Falconlights

        And is still doing to the Russian people. I suspect the propensity of Putting towards lying and thieving and the same on the part of Trump is why they’re, um, thick as thieves.

      • Andy King

        Putin also fed his people nativist red meat, followed through with Trump’s plan to shut down critical media, and now rides a populist wave of support, all thanks to a deliberate effort to empower and reward the worst his nation has to offer. How are Russian progressives doing these days?

        But of course, I’m being alarmist. Trump will never win! And even if he did, we have separation of powers! And even if President Trump violated that separation, of course the Republican Congress would be the first ones in line to challenge their own party’s president.

        /s. Pull the lever for Clinton, through snow, sleet, or tears.

  • bryan

    Trump should stop being politically correct. It is not ‘using other people’s money’, its theft.

    • Lori

      Strictly speaking, it’s not theft. He gets the idiots to give them his money voluntarily. He’s a grifter and a con artist, not a thief.

  • chasmader

    Why is it he’s already always guilty of whatever it is he’s blaming his opponents?

    • PeterC

      Trump never answers the questions of his operation. He always switches the conversation to attach Hillary. A total rip off artist; never an honest reply, other than he enjoys using other people’s money.

    • William

      Because he has the mental development of a 6 year old.

  • greenmanTN

    I’d call him a pig, but I actually like pork.

    • Falconlights

      Yeah, that would definitely be an insult to good pigs everywhere.

  • greenmanTN

    Call me crazy, but this country doesn’t need a Swindler In Chief,

  • geoffalnutt

    Don’t know why, but this suddenly popped into my head:

    • TrollopeReader

      Mr. Picky Pecker has large biceps !! 🙂

  • Butch

    Jason Miller has to get up in the morning and face himself in the mirror. The devil doesn’t take part of your soul, Mr. Miller. Is it worth it?

  • PickyPecker
  • sherman

    Last night on The Daily Show Jordan Klepper visited a Trump rally and interviewed people. Even after all these months, the stupidity of these people is hard to believe. One guy thinks Bill Clinton has AIDS, and got it from Magic Johnson.

    This country is fucked.—conspiracy-theories-thrive-at-a-donald-trump-rally

    • Falconlights

      WTF and LMAO…the latter in shock at the stupidity. Jesus.

    • Rod Steely

      One idiot actually blamed 9/11 on Obama- FOR NOT BEING IN THE OFFICE WHEN IT HAPPENED

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    There’s a line to that effect in “The Producers”. To a certain degree it does make sense and is common practice to risk your financiers’ money instead of your own. However, Trump seems to have no problem crossing boundaries established by campaign laws and rules governing charitable organizations. If the Justice Department were to crack down on him as it should, there would be cries of outrage though. Obama, Hillary, and Loretta Lynch would be accused of unfairly rigging the election against him. There would be calls for the loyal patriots to take to the streets with guns, nooses, pitchforks, and all sorts of instruments of mayhem.

    • Bad Tom

      Let the cries of outrage begin.

      I’d like to see the FBI try to issue a report that clears Trump of any wrongdoing!

  • Oh’behr

    Hmm, a crook worse than Nixon. That’ll I’ll believe.

  • Jerry Hinnant

    You got to admit he does employ the best. The best liars money can buy!

    • clay

      actually, he’s not paying them

  • Rex

    Not to be outdone by Trump himself, his supporters are now so deep into denial they’re too proud to admit they’ve been backing a con-man, and they’re on the receiving end of his biggest con ever.

  • Cosmo Tupper

    Well, then if there are no improprieties in making a mockery of donors, then a investigation by DOJ shouldn’t be a problem then. This guy is the lowest of low, a bottom feeding scumbag of YUGE proportions!

  • Jack_Carter_USA

    Note that the campaign doesn’t deny Trump used his foundation to pay his legal bills. And since he refuses to release his tax returns, we have no way of knowing whether or not they’re telling the truth about his “millions of dollars to fund his Foundation and a multitude of other charitable causes.” (Hint: they’re probably lying.)

    • Xuuths

      Actually, we have the tax forms from the Foundation itself, and they state he hasn’t given a dime since 2009, so the spox are lying.

      • Jack_Carter_USA

        They could be telling the truth in a weasel-y sort of way as they made no mention of when he gave the money.

        • RoFaWh

          That’s a habit the drumpf spox have. You have to read their spewings with care.

  • SoCalGal20

    Self dealing is illegal. This needs to be investigated.

    I’m happy to see Vice is suing to get Trump’s tax returns.

  • dcurlee

    But fucking idiots will still vote for him. Oh who am I kidding they would sign over their pay checks to him

    • Todd20036

      They deserve him actually.
      We don’t but they sure do

  • James

    Profiting by putting all the risk on others doesn’t make you a good business man; at best it makes you an unscrupulous one. It’s exactly the type of thinking that brought the world to the brink of financial disaster only a few years ago.

  • Gerry Fisher

    I had absolutely no idea the level of Scumbaggery achieved by Trump until he ran for president. I hope it forever tarnishes his brand and makes him an international pariah.

  • canoebum

    If the worst happens, and this cretin wins the election, after his impeachment, and if we survive, the country will need to amend the Constitution to strengthen the requirements to be President.

    • boatboy_srq

      Trouble is that leaves the US with a pResident Pence. Not sure that’s an improvement.

  • Acronym Jim

    By Trump logic, the Gulf States paying for a “safe zone in Syria,” is the perfect financial instrument for building his very own gilded Zeppelin along with a hangar at Mar-a-Lago.

    • Bad Tom

      Adviser: Mr. Trump, hydrogen is the very best gas to use in your gilded Zeppelin. It is the lightest, produces the most lift, and is far cheaper than helium.

      Trump: Sounds great!

      Adviser: No smoking. Really.

      Trump: Sure. No problem. Whatever. I don’t smoke. Bye now!

      Trump: I want the BEST professional gas range in the Zep kitchen. I like excellent food!

      Chump: Right away, Mr. Trump!

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    Criminals often try to shift their blame for the crimes that they did to others, by blaming others for the same crime they did.

  • SFBruce

    David Farenthold is doing some great reporting. So far, the Trump campaign hasn’t even tried to rebut a single detail from Farenthold’s work. All they’ve got are pathetic attempts to divert attention to the Clinton Foundation, an organization that actually does things for people.

  • And again this won’t matter to his supporters, to the media, to the lesser-of-two-evils-is-still-evil crowd (regardless of the false equivalences of Clinton-same-as-or-worse-than-Trump claims).

  • boatboy_srq

    And 40-odd percent of the US electorate wants this man in charge of the federal budget….


  • Herald

    NO facts in that rebuttal only projection and lies, trump is beyond pathetic.

  • Professor Barnhardt

    David Fahrenthold’s gonna get his dick caught in a big fat wringer if that’s published.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    And this surprises us why?

  • Here’s why Trump is an idiot and a really, really shitty businessman: You do not brag about strategies that actually work. You do not advertise that anyone who foolishly does business with you is a gullible dope. You do not leave behind a trail of sellers and buyers who feel — and rightly so — that they’ve been cheated.

    And if you manage to use “other people’s money” to achieve your goals, you don’t rub those people’s faces in what you’ve done as if you’re some two-bit schoolyard bully who gets off on humiliating others.

    As has been noted in other venues, neither Trump nor Pence or their campaign can identify even a single inaccuracy which supposedly “peppers” the WaPo reports. Not a single one.

    Meanwhile, the Clinton Global Initiative has never been anything but transparent in its dealings. Has never CREDIBLY been accused of doing anything illegal. And has one hell of a solid record of helping tens of millions of people across the globe according to all of the charity tracking groups.

    Trump’s Foundation on the other hand? Lots of credible reports it’s been his personal slush fund, and regularly engaged in illegal activities, including paying off his legal penalties, bribing Florida’s AG, buying expensive gifts for Donald, funneling millions into Donald’s for-profit businesses, and apparently lying repeatedly in its reports as to whom was receiving donations from the foundation. Basically, for the long lists of recipients, only a small fraction report ever receiving any money from Trump’s foundation. These are all actual crimes.

  • trouble94114

    Really? They’re going to try and smear the Clinton Foundation with accusations of self dealing when in reality, it was the Trump Foundation who bribed Pam Bondi, (and they paid a fine for that, so there really isn’t any denying it), and it’s been the Trump foundation’s money that has been used to settle numerous lawsuits that should have come from corporate accounts, not the foundation’s. Sheesh. Any time some Trump surrogate starts to spot this kind of nonsense, they should be met first with examples, and then with derision.

  • JCF

    Because the “billionaire” doesn’t have money of his own.

  • DonnaLee

    This is just unbelievable. When will Trump supporters actually look at this shit and say “OK enough already!”