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Trump Foundation is no charity; it’s a money-laundering front

To The Daily Sun,

Donald Trump spoke to an audience of supporters last Thursday evening at the Laconia Middle School. We need to highlight a few of his quotes which were stated during this get-together:

1) "We're going to stop all of the problems you have, we're going to stop them."

Trump also vowed to replace 2) "a policy of globalism with Americanism."

He further stated 3)"I will fight for every neglected part of this nation."

Massive amount of facts have been uncovered by methodically going through documents of the Trump Foundation and then in turn phoning contributors and charities to check the relationship between what Trump says his foundation has actually contributed. This research lead to an in-depth article written by David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post who has exposed the fraudulent nature of Trump's charitable foundation.

We learned from the Fahrenthold research that Donald Trump "does not put any money into his own foundation. He takes in others donors' money, and he gives it away as the Donald Trump Foundation's money, and the expectation and the assumption among people who get it is that this is Donald Trump's money, because that's how everybody else does it."

"By sitting down with the documents of the Trump Foundation and working the phone to check the relationship between what Trump says his foundation is about, and the reality that Donald Trump has created a money laundering scheme with which he buys political influence (and keen toys) using other people's money. The biggest scandal? That everything Fahrenthold has done didn't require some exclusive access to a single "Deep Throat" source. It took only public information, a telephone, and dedicated work. And yet, other outlets seem singularly reluctant to look into what is clearly a definitive case of corruption." This is a direct quote from a recent interview conducted by Chris Cillizza with David Fahrenthold.

Fahrenthold also found the following, there's no paid staff. The Board of Directors consists of four Trumps, Donald, Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric and one Trump Organization staffer.

Starting with phone calls to charities last June, Fahrenthold found that not one had received a cash gift from directly from Trump going back to before 2009. Out of 327 charities queried, 199 told Fahrenthold Trump never gave, another 86 had no comment and 40 were non-responsive.

Fahrenthold further states, "Trump seemed to have stockpiled a lot of (earmarked) veterans money (to the tune of $1 million) in this oddball Trump Foundation..." Which he did not give to the veterans until an expose found that the money was still in his foundation account. In "May Corey Lewandowski, the then--Trump campaign manager, told Fahrenthold, 'Trump had given out the one million dollars he'd promised to veterans' charities,' but Lewendowski said the details were secret."

The following request is very appropriate and an absolute necessity: We respectfully request that the Trump campaign release, to the nation, the original letter from the IRS which states that Donald J. Trump is under audit.

So when Trump continues to tell us that he "will fight for every neglected part of this nation" we have to suspect that he again is lying to Americans about how he plans "to stop all of the problems you have." It is very obvious to tens of millions of voters that Trump is indeed a huge part of the problem and certainly not the solution.

Bernadette Loesch
Laconia

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Clinton has more than walking pneumonia, video was alarming

To The Daily Sun,

Mrs. Clinton has more than walking pneumonia. There are a lot of people with pneumonia; some can die. People I know who have had pneumonia don't lose their balance, become weak-kneed and collapse. She even lost a shoe which had to be put back on. This video was alarming to see.

It might have something to do with a blood clot; maybe a transient ischemic attack; maybe a slight stroke? Who knows? I know she can play hardball but with her health, that is stupid. If she tells her doctor to be evasive with her diagnosis, the doctor will be. Who's fooling whom?

I still can't figure out a woman like her. It must be the ambition which I have none, and of course, the power and money to perhaps be the first elected woman in the U.S. to be president. Anyone running for the highest office in the nation does not have the right of privacy over her health.

She has been pampered all her life as compared to many millions of woman who cannot say they have been pampered to even a quarter of her life span. Get real.

Rosemary Mellon

Tilton

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