More news about the Trump family’s financial ties to Russia this week – and this time, there’s a North Carolina connection.
On Friday golf writer James Dodson, a Greensboro native, gave an interview in which he said Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, told him the family was able to continue acquiring and building golf courses through the recession with help from Russian financiers.
Trump denied the account over the weekend.
From Dodson’s interview with Boston radio station WBUR:
“So when I got in the cart with Eric. As we were setting off, 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.’ 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.’ Now that was three years ago, so it was pretty interesting.”
Eric Trump has called the story completely fabricated and “the worst of the media.”
Dodson is not a political firebrand but an award winning golf and travel writer. He was an editor and columnist for Golf Magazine and authored biographies of golf greats Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan. He’s currently promoting his new book, “The Range Bucket List: The Golf Adventure of a Lifetime.”
The Trump family has tried to distance itself from its ties to Russia since Donald Trump won the presidency in an election intelligence officials have concluded involved interference from Russian hackers and the regime of Russian President Vladmir Putin. While the president claims he, his administration and his family have no real ties to Russia, campaign staff and presidential advisers have been forced to resign after revelations that they were in fact involved with the Putin government.
At a real estate conference in 2008 Donald Trump Jr. bragged that the family business had “a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”