A New York Supreme Court judge on Thursday ordered U.S. President Donald Trump to pay two million dollars (about 1.8 million euros) for the misuse of his foundation, in response to a demand by using the charity to promote their political and economic interests.
Judge Saliann Scarpulla also agreed to close The Trump Foundation and distribute about $1.7 million in remaining funds to other nonprofit groups, local media reported.
23 November, Scarpulla had already refused to dismiss a case filed in June against Trump, three of his sons and the foundation in his name, after the defense argued that a sitting president cannot be sued in a state court. New York state prosecutor Letitia James confirmed in a statement an agreement that Trump will be fined for damages for misusing donations to “intervene in the 2016 presidential primaries and promote their own political interests. For the prosecution, Trump admits misuse of funds in his foundation and accepts restrictions on future humanitarian service and continued reporting to the Attorney General’s Office if he creates a new charity, The Trump Foundation has been closed, funds that were misused and illegally are being restored, the president will be subject to the ongoing supervision of my office, and Trump’s children had to undergo mandatory training to ensure that this type of illegal activity never happens again,” the attorney general said.
For James, “the court’s decision, along with the agreements we negotiated, are part of a great victory in our efforts to protect charitable assets and hold accountable those who abuse charities for personal gain”.
The $1.78 million in assets currently held by the Trump Foundation, along with the $2 million in damages to be paid by Trump, will be disbursed equally to these charities: Army Emergency Relief, Children’s Aid Society, Citymeals-on-Wheels, Give an Hour, Martha’s Table, United Negro College Fund, United Way of National Capital Area and the U.S. Holocaust Museum.