In January, Donald Trump skipped a debate with Fox News over his feud with Megyn Kelly. Instead, he held a fundraiser, raising $6 million that he said would be distributed to veterans charities. Instead, the money went straight to the Trump Foundation, although Trump and his team promised to disburse the money to 22 selected organizations.
Two months later, less than half of the money had been given out as promised, with $2.4 million going to 19 of the 22 veterans charities, mostly in increments of $50,000 or $100,000. But what happened to the rest of the money is a mystery. And evidently, the Trump campaign just doesn’t care.
Al Baldasaro is the Trump campaign’s advisor on veterans issues, and even helped deliver a check to one of the charities. But even Baldasaro doesn’t know where the money is… and he doesn’t care. “I could ask, but it’s not high on my priority list,” he said in an interview with the Daily Beast. “I don’t track that. I’m not concerned about it, because I know [Trump is] an honorable, honest guy… you guys just want to say, ‘gotcha.’” He tried to claim that he wasn’t the campaign’s lead veterans adviser, but then admitted that he was the only one talking about veterans issues for Trump.
Baldasaro insisted that his veteran constituents aren’t concerned about the missing millions promised to veterans. However, the charities that were promised funding are singing a different tune, saying that they have been unable to get any response from the Trump Foundation about the donations. Executives from both Charity Watch and Charity Navigator have called on the Trump Foundation to distribute the money as promised, and to be transparent about it. The Trump campaign has still refused to comment on the issue.