After Eric Trump’s claim that he has raised millions of dollars for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital of Tennessee through his Eric Trump Foundation came into question, the organization confirmed in a letter that the President-elect’s son has in fact raised $16.3 million over the past decade.
The letter confirmed the amount even though Eric Trump’s tax records reflected that the Foundation had raised much less. However, according to The New York Times, tax records can often be up to two years behind current giving.
“I am amazed by the many ways that you have personally embraced our cause and cared for our children and families,” Richard C. Shadyac Jr., president of the hospital’s fund-raising organization, wrote in the December 30 letter, which Eric Trump provided to The Times. “As you are aware, we are expanding our lifesaving work and are working to push cure rates even higher in this country and around the world, while improving the lives of survivors by developing and advancing treatments that reduce side effects. We are only able to do this because of the support provided by donors and supporters like you.”
The President-elect’s son has announced, however, that he will be removing his name from his charity in order to avoid any potential conflicts of interest while Trump is in office.