And that seems nearly ethical compared to what Donald Trump-the man Eric is defending-did with the money from his own charity.
Eric Trump, the president's third eldest child, has held the Eric Trump Foundation golf invitational annually for the past 10 years at the Trump National Golf Club in NY.
Taking a page from his father's playbook, Eric Trump also criticized the Democrats' 2016 presidential election loss. Of the $500,000 that the Eric Trump Foundation re-donated over the years, thousands went to charities connected to Trump interests and family members, Forbes reported. He's raised some $11 million for the hospital through events at the golf course.
Building on the earlier work of the AP, Forbes published a piece today about money the Eric Trump Foundation (which funds pediatric cancer research) paid to the Trump Organization (of which Eric Trump and his father have a personal financial stake, obviously) for use of golf facilities during fundraisers.
"We get to use our assets 100% free of charge", Eric told Forbes.
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But the article said: "That's not the case".
"I blame the media because it's out of control", Eric Trump told Hannity.
And the amount that the Trump Organization charged the foundation for the event skyrocketed in recent years, far exceeding standard costs for similar events, according to golf charity experts Forbes interviewed.
The real estate scion's remarks came the same day as a report that alleged he funneled charity proceeds into the Trump Organization. According to Ian Gillule, who served as membership and marketing director at Trump National Westchester at the time, the elder Trump "had a cow" when he realized the Trump Organization wasn't milking the charity to recoup all its costs.
"Those are special times in their lives and that's what the support of the public allows St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital to do", Shadyac said about the money raised to help kids get well. This caused documented expenses to jump from $46,000 to $142,000, according to tax filings. "He was like 'We're donating all of this stuff, and there's no paper trail?" No credit?' And he went nuts.
Eric went on to lambaste the Democratic Party in general and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez specifically, saying they are incompetent. "That's St. Jude. And I get attacked for it". When questioned about a 2014 tax filing that showed a almost $88,000 payment from his foundation to a Trump golf course, Eric assured the Washington Post's David Fahrenthold that the Trump Organization made no money from the Eric Trump Foundation.