Well, this is interesting. In an interview with Boston’s WBUR prominent golf writer James Dodson claimed that Eric Trump, Donald Trump’s second son, said to him in 2014 regarding funding the Trump golf courses, “We have all the funding we need out of Russia.” [Slate article link].
As Dodson tells it:
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.
Pretty interesting indeed, especially when you consider that Donald Trump Jr., Trump’s first son said in 2008,“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” and that Donald Trump has emphatically denied any ties to Russia. Also, according to the Slate article cited above, Dodson said, “It was a casual remark; it was just two guys golfing and talking…I’m sure he didn’t think anything about it. Why would he think anything about it?” Sure, he wouldn’t have, two years before his father began his election campaign. Being an off-hand comment, I’m inclined to think that there was truth in Eric Trump’s statement, and Dodson, who has a healthy resume of authorship in golf literature, is unlikely to exaggerate the exchange.
Of course, the simplest way to see this connection would be to see Trump’s tax returns, but I am convinced that he will never willingly disclose his taxes. All that bullshit about disclosing his taxes after his audit was just that: bullshit. He never intended to disclose his taxes from the beginning. Why? Because he has something to hide. It’s only a matter of time before something embarrassing comes out. You can hide your dirty laundry, but eventually it’ll start to stink.