Eric Trump denies report of Russian golf course funding comments

Eric Trump denies report of Russian golf course funding comments
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First son Eric Trump is shooting down a report that in 2014 he told a golf writer that funding for Trump-branded golf courses came from Russia.

“It’s a recollection from some guy three years ago through a third person,” Eric Trump told The New York Post.

“We own our courses free and clear,” Trump added. He claimed the report was “categorically untrue” and “complete garbage.”

“We have zero ties to Russian investors,” he said.

James Dodson during an interview last Friday with Boston’s WBUR described meeting with President Trump in 2014 and being invited to play golf at the Trump National Golf Club Charlotte.

He asked Trump how he was paying for his courses, and the future president “sort of tossed off that he had access to $100 million,” Dodson said in the interview.
Dodson then questioned Eric Trump, who was along for the day.
“I said, ‘Eric, who’s funding? I know no banks — because of the recession, the Great Recession — have touched a golf course. You know, no one’s funding any kind of golf construction. It’s dead in the water the last four or five years,’”  the writer told WBUR.

“And this is what he said. He said, ‘Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.’ I said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Oh, yeah. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time.’”

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