I subscribe to the Washington Post “Fact Checker,” an email newsletter that usually arrives about once a week and includes brief articles rated by “Pinocchios” as to accuracy — with four of the characters indicating pretty much an untruth.
The following was in the issue I received today.
Eric and Don Jr. each get Four Pinocchios
President Trump left his sons, Eric and Don Jr., in charge of his global business empire upon taking office.
Like their father, the sons have been criticizing former vice president Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, for his business dealings in China and Ukraine during the Obama administration. It was all very unseemly and wrong, they charge.
But, wait a second, Eric and Don Jr. run a business that profits from foreign deals while their father sits in the Oval Office. Trump’s ethics filings show his foreign assets have generated more than $100 million in income since he became president. So what’s the big idea?
“When my father became commander in chief of this country, we got out of all international business,” Eric Trump claimed on Fox News. “The media said, ‘Oh, you’re enriching yourselves.’ We’re like, ‘We literally stopped,’” Don Jr. said on the same network.
Wow. That’s a Four Pinocchio claim. Trump properties in Ireland and Scotland are gearing up for large expansions. The Trump Organization sold land in the Dominican Republic for a reported $3.2 million. A Beverly Hills mansion was sold for $13.5 million to an Indonesian billionaire. The list goes on and on. (The Trump Organization says all its foreign business merely builds on deals that were inked before Trump took office. )
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