2017-09-02 17:40:02 UTC
'THE ART OF THE DEAL' GHOSTWRITER SAYS
President Donald Trump, a billionaire who while campaigning
bragged that he was "really rich," announced Thursday that he
would donate $1 million to relief efforts after Hurricane
Harvey slammed Texas and Louisiana this week. But according to
Tony Schwartz, the man who ghost-wrote Trump's 1987 book, The
Art of the Deal, that's not going to happen.
Schwartz tweeted Friday morning that there was "no way" Trump
would send storm victims $1 million of his own money.
"He only promises to give," Schwartz wrote. "Never actually
Skepticism around Trump's intended donation has been mounting
ever since White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
revealed the president planned to "join in the efforts that a
lot of the people that we've seen across this country do" in
the wake of the deadly storm. Details are scarceSanders
couldn't provide reporters with information on when Trump would
donate the money, who he would donate it to or where it was
coming from, according to The New York Times.
Later that day, first son Eric Trump tweeted that he bet CNN
and the mainstream media wouldn't cover his dad's "incredible
generosity." His post came three hours after the network
published a story about it, according to The Hill.
This isn't the first time the president's charitable giving, or
lack thereof, has made headlines.
Last year, Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold won a
Pulitzer Prize for investigating Trump's philanthropy.
Fahrenthold began by looking into Trump's January 2016 claim
that he'd given $6 million to veterans' groups, and then the
journalist broadened his probe. Ultimately, Fahrenthold found
$7.8 million in charitable giving from Trump's personal
accounts since the '80s, even though he bragged about donating
"tens of millions of dollars...to charitable causes."
Trump also has had a brush before with hurricane aid. In July
2016, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that his wife,
Mary Pat Christie, got money from Trump for a relief fund she
ran after Hurricane Sandy devastated the state in 2012. But the
Associated Press couldn't find a record of his donation, and
the governor later backtracked.