Trump Sr. also diverted $500,000 from the Eric Trump Foundation that was supposed to go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, to other charities, "many of which were personal favorites of Trump family members and several of which had nothing to do with children's cancer-but happened to become clients of Trump's golf courses". The donations reportedly passed through the Eric Trump Foundation by way of a charity golf tournament benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a cause that Trump's second son is passionate about.
The costs for the tournaments averaged $50,000 during the first four years, which is about what other charities pay for events at Trump courses. However, a huge amount of money was re-donated to other charities, many of which were directly connected to Trump's family members. "We get to use this area for free so all your money goes to the charity".
"The Eric Trump Foundation was also responsible for building a $20 million dollar ICU which treats the sickest children anywhere in the world suffering from the most catastrophic terminal illnesses", the statement said. According to golf charity experts consulted for the article, the listed expenses for the annual golf invitational "defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament".
According to sources involved in the event, while the Trump Organization initially covered the expenses, it was Donald Trump himself who ordered his for-profit organization to begin charging his son's foundation for the event. But after Donald Trump realized that his son was not being charged for use of the golf course, "Mr. Trump had a cow", Gilule said. "That $100,000 in outside donations to the Donald J. Trump Foundation ... passed through the Eric Trump Foundation and wound up in the coffers of Donald Trump's private businesses".
"Look at that POS comment that you made", Trump responded, "alright, somebody on CNN, an anchor on CNN called my father on the show a piece of... you might be an opinionated person, but you don't use profanities, you're not a child, when it comes to calling people names". "And to me, they're not even people", he told Sean Hannity.
'The Eric Trump Foundation [ETF] has helped to raise over $13,955,511.93, ' St. Jude president and CEO Richard C. Shadyac Jr. wrote. No credit?' And he went nuts. You see the Democratic Party. He is running the Trump Organization while his father is president.