Eric Trump said dad’s golf courses funded by Russia: report
President Trump's son Eric once said that his father got funding for his golf courses from the Russians, according to a report.
Golf writer James Dodson said he hit the links with Eric and Donald at the Trump National Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C., in 2014 when he raised the question of how they found the money to keep developing golf courses when financing was tight during the Recession.
Trump "sort of tossed off that he had access to $100 million," Dodson told WBUR-FM, a Boston public radio station, in an interview that aired Friday.
Later, Dodson, who wrote a biography of Ben Hogan, among other golf books, said he asked Eric the same question as they rode in a golf cart.
Dodson said Eric Trump replied: " 'Well, we don't rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.'"
Dodson said, "Really?"
Eric continued: "'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.'"
Reached Sunday, Eric told The Post that Dodson's account is "complete garbage."
"It's a recollection from some guy three years ago through a third person," Eric Trump said, adding it's "categorically untrue."
"We own our courses free and clear. We have zero ties to Russian investors," he insisted.
Eric's not the only Trump son to talk of getting funding from Russian investors.
At a real estate conference in 2008, Donald Trump Jr. said his family's sprawling business enterprise is "looking all over the place, primarily Russia" to form financial relationships.
"And in terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets; say in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia," he said.
President Trump has denied any connections to Russia - even tweeting before his inauguration in January, "I have nothing to do with Russia, no deals, no loans, no nothing."
But the US intelligence community has said the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 presidential election, and the FBI and two Congressional panels are investigating whether Trump associates had any contact with the Russians during the campaign.
Democrats have called on Trump to release his tax returns to prove that he has no financial ties to Russia. He has refused, saying they are under audit by the IRS.