He claims to be the victim of a “sneaky plot”. This Tuesday, September 21, former US President Donald Trump announced that he had filed a complaint against three New York Times journalists, Susanne Craig, David Barstow and Russell Buettner, as well as against his niece, Mary Trump. The businessman accuses the editorialists of having led “a vast crusade to obtain confidential tax files” as part of an investigation into his taxation published by the American daily in 2018.
Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2019, the New York Times investigation shed light on how the then President of the United States had built his immense fortune. The article stated in particular that Donald Trump, who has always claimed to have done so on his own, would in fact have received from his father the sum of $ 413 million “through a shell company”. At the time, Trump called the article “boring” and “déjà vu,” but the New York State tax administration announced an investigation.
Mary Trump: “He’s a loser”
Today, Donald Trump believes he was the victim of a “sneaky plot” and accuses his niece, Mary Trump, of having been the instigator. The clinical psychologist, daughter of Donald Trump’s brother, is also accused of violating a non-disclosure agreement signed in 2001 following the settlement of the estate of Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump Sr. In her 27-page complaint, the businessman is claiming damages of up to $ 100 million. A figure far from intimidating Susanne Craig, one of the three journalists targeted, who defended herself on the social network Twitter. “I knocked on Mary Trump’s door. She opened it. I think we call it journalism,” she said on Wednesday, September 22. Same reaction from Mary Trump, who called her uncle a “loser” in a statement relayed by NBC. “The walls close and he throws everything he thinks he can stick to. As always with Donald, he’s going to try and then change the subject,” she almost laughed.
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