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May 31, 2016

Trump Blasts Media for Scrutiny of Giving to Veterans

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump offered details Tuesday on the disbursement of millions of dollars he raised for veterans charities at a campaign-trail event in January, while railing against the press for raising questions about the truth and timing of his philanthropic claims, The Washington Post reports.

At a New York news conference, Mr. Trump said reporters were biased, “dishonest,” and “should be ashamed of themselves” for investigating his claims about the January 28 rally in Des Moines, Iowa. "Instead of being, like, 'Thank you very much, Mr. Trump,' or 'Trump did a good job,' you say, 'Well who got it? Who got it?' ... And it makes me look very bad," he said. He listed new gifts to more than a dozen organizations, funded by outside contributors and routed through his Donald J. Trump Foundation.

At the event, the real-estate mogul said it had raised $6 million for veterans and that he had given $1 million of his own money, but he and his campaign were slow to release details. On Tuesday he pegged the total at $5.6 million – higher than his campaign’s estimate last month of $4.5 million – and said all of it had been spent. Several news organizations had made efforts in recent weeks to confirm recipients and amounts, and the Post reported that Mr. Trump’s personal $1 million pledge was only fulfilled last week.