Trump Jr likens refugees to poi­soned sweets

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WASH­ING­TON — Don­ald Trump Jr has posted a mes­sage on Twit­ter liken­ing Syr­ian refugees to a bowl of poi­soned Skit­tles.

Seek­ing to pro­mote his father’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, the younger Trump posted a tweet fea­tur­ing a bowl of the candy Skit­tles with a warn­ing.

“That’s our Syr­ian refugee prob­lem,” said the post, which caused a stir and nega­tive tweets on the in­ter­net into Tues­day.

Young Trump’s tweet said: “This im­age says it all. Let’s end the po­lit­i­cally cor­rect agenda that doesn’t put Amer­ica first.”

Many peo­ple replied to his tweet with pic­tures of refugee chil­dren in peril.

His father has ad­vo­cated sharply re­strain­ing im­mi­gra­tion and has ac­cused his op­po­nent Hil­lary Clin­ton of ad­vo­cat­ing ac­cep­tance of thou­sands of refugees.

Mean­while, Don­ald Trump used funds from his char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion to pay set­tle­ments in le­gal cases in­volv­ing his busi­nesses, an ap­par­ent vi­o­la­tion of laws gov­ern­ing non-prof­its, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported Tues­day.

The cases in­volved a com­bined $258 000 paid out by the Don­ald J. Trump Foun­da­tion — a char­ity al­most en­tirely funded with other peo­ple’s money, the news­pa­per said — and fol­low a re­view of le­gal doc­u­ments and the foun­da­tion’s tax records.

The news­pa­per car­ried out a weeks-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the char­ity’s fi­nances, find­ing that Trump him­self has not con­trib­uted a dol­lar since 2009. The group is funded by do­na­tions from third par­ties in­stead.

One of the group’s sus­pect pay­ments was a $100 000 do­na­tion to a vet­er­ans’ char­ity in 2007 as part of a le­gal set­tle­ment with the city of Palm Beach, Florida.

Trump had sued the city af­ter it fined him $120 000, or $1 250 per day, for erect­ing an 24m flag­pole at his Mar-a-Lago Club that ex­ceeded the max­i­mum height per­mit­ted by lo­cal reg­u­la­tions.

The Trump Foun­da­tion also made trans­ac­tions that ap­peared to be ex­clu­sively for the ben­e­fit of the real es­tate mogul or his busi­nesses, ap­par­ently in vi­o­la­tion of reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing char­i­ties, the Wash­ing­ton Post said.

In one case, the char­ity paid $20 000 in 2007 for a six-foot por­trait of Trump, the news­pa­per re­ported.

“Clearly the Trump Foun­da­tion is as much a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion as Trump Univer­sity is an in­sti­tute of higher ed­u­ca­tion,” said Christina Reynolds, a spokesper­son for the cam­paign of Trump’s White House ri­val, Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

“Once again, Trump has proven him­self a fraud who be­lieves the rules don’t ap­ply to him,” she said in a state­ment.

“It’s past time for him to re­lease his tax re­turns to show whether his tax is­sues ex­tend to his own per­sonal fi­nances.”

Some Democrats have com­plained that the me­dia has not suf­fi­ciently re­ported about the Trump Foun­da­tion’s sus­pected wrong­do­ing, ac­cus­ing jour­nal­ists of be­ing le­nient in their treat­ment of the out­spo­ken bil­lion­aire. Trump’s cam­paign de­nied the Post re­port. “In typ­i­cal Wash­ing­ton Post fash­ion, they’ve got­ten their facts wrong. It is the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion that is set up to make sure the Clin­tons per­son­ally en­rich them­selves by sell­ing ac­cess and trad­ing po­lit­i­cal favours. The Trump Foun­da­tion has no paid board, no man­age­ment fees, no rent or over­head, and no fam­ily mem­bers on its pay­roll,” said spokesper­son Ja­son Miller. — AFP

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