May 21, 2016

We all know how much Donald Trump loves our veterans because he tells us so every chance he gets. He got so mad at Fox News that he skipped one of their debates in January and replaced his appearance there with a fundraiser for our wounded warriors in Iowa.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Tuesday he will boycott his party’s next nationally televised debate and instead hold an event to benefit wounded troops.

In comments to journalists before an Iowa rally, first reported by Politico and the Washington Post, the business mogul and GOP frontrunner accused Fox News of picking a “biased” moderator — network personality Megyn Kelly — to drive up ratings and hurt his campaign.

He bragged that he raised six million dollars in one evening, but something happened that has cast a dark shadow over the proceedings.

Where's the money?

One night in January, Donald Trump skipped a GOP debate and instead held his own televised fundraiser for veterans. At the end of the night, Trump proclaimed it a huge success: “We just cracked $6 million, right? Six million.”

Now, Trump’s campaign says that number is incorrect.

There were some individuals who he’d spoken to, who were going to write large checks, [who] for whatever reason . . . didn’t do it,” Lewandowski said in a telephone interview. “I can’t tell you who.”

Lewandowski also said he did not know whether a $1 million pledge from Trump himself was counted as part of the $4.5 million total. He said Trump has given that amount, but he declined to identify any recipients.

Look, it's great that he raised money for our wounded warriors since they really need it, but he did so for the PR as much as anything else. And then there's the fact that he's a serial braggart and things never quite add up the way he sells them.

And as usual, he refuses to reveal any details about his own personal involvement when it comes to his cash. Why is that, I wonder?

In the past few days, The Post has interviewed 22 veterans charities that received donations as a result of Trump’s fundraiser. None of them have reported receiving personal donations from Trump.

Did Trump make good on his promise to give from his personal funds?

“The money is fully spent. Mr. Trump’s money is fully spent,” Lewandowski said.

Who did Trump give to, and in what amounts?

“He’s not going to share that information,” Lewandowski said.

Is there anything Donald Trump can give an honest answer about?

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