— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) September 11, 2016
Just in time for the 9/11 commemorations! From the NYDN article:
… Though the billionaire presidential candidate has repeatedly suggested he got that money for helping others out after the attacks, documents obtained by the Daily News show that Trump’s account was just a huge lie.
Records from the Empire State Development Corp., which administered the recovery program, show that Trump’s company asked for those funds for “rent loss,” “cleanup” and “repair” — not to recuperate money lost in helping people…
“I was happy to do it, and to this day I am still being thanked for the many people I helped. The value of what I did was far greater than the money talked about, much of which was sent automatically to building owners in the area.”
But those comments don’t match the forms Trump’s company submitted to the New York state government requesting the money for his property, the Trump Building at 40 Wall St…
Trump, in the days after the attacks, said that his property “wasn’t affected by what happened to the World Trade Center,” though that was before subsequent shutdowns of the neighborhood and the loss of business activity in the area.
It’s unclear what, if any, help Trump provided to those affected by 9/11…
“Who were the people using the building? Why would they be in 40 Wall St.?” asked Catherine McVay Hughes, a lower Manhattan community organizer who helped grass-roots groups rebuild the neighborhood and currently is chairwoman of Community Board 1.
“It raises the question of what charitable work was done at 40 Wall St. … We’d all like to know.”
Guess that’s why Deadbeat Don was keeping a low profile at Sunday’s event (apart from having convicted felon Bernie Kerik back in his entourage).
Missed this – Bernie Kerik, who Giuliani didn't talk to for years, was with him and Trump at WTC https://t.co/pIk3XfW53D
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 11, 2016