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Trump Slams ‘Sleazebag’ Democrats Over Charity Shutdown

You’d be forgiven for thinking that New York’s Democrats spend most of their time and effort working against US President Donald Trump. It’s as if they don’t have a state to govern.

Their latest row with the president involves what his attorneys say are at worst, some minor infractions with his charitable foundation.

Now Trump has blasted New York Democrats for their attempt to close down his philanthropic foundation.

According to AP, in June, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a lawsuit against Trump’s foundation, claiming that the charity served as ‘little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests’.

On Wednesday, Trump posted to Twitter that his foundation has ‘done great work and given away lots of money’.

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Trump Foundation shutdown amid lawsuit

Underwood divulged on Tuesday that the charity would disperse, while disputing the state lawsuit accusing the foundation of functioning illegally like an addition of Trump’s political campaign and businesses.

Trump as usual went to Twitter with his opinions, complaining that Letitia James, the state’s attorney general-elect, ‘openly campaigned on a GET TRUMP agenda’, called the former state Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman a ‘sleazebag’, and said that Underwood ‘does little else but rant, rave & politic against me’.

Trump also lashed out at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after praising the lawsuit on Twitter:

Will never be treated fairly by these people,’ he said, ‘a total double standard of justice”’.

A court-supervised action was agreed to by both the foundation’s lawyers and Underwood for closing down the charity and the distribution of around US$1.7 million in leftover funds to other non-profit groups on Tuesday.

This deal occurred even as Trump persists, fighting allegations of misusing his foundation’s assets to work out business disagreements and also furthering his campaign for the White House.

The foundation’s lawyers have stated that any breaches were minor.

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