President Donald Trump’s son, Eric, vehemently dismissed claims that his father had business ties to Russian government officials in an interview Sunday.
In an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, the president’s son dubbed stories outlining ties between Russia and the Trump Organisation “ridiculous,” saying the claims were “a little bit maddening.”
“It actually infuriates me,” said Eric Trump, who stepped into the role of executive vice president of the Trump Organisation earlier this year.
“We have no projects in Russia,” he added. “If we had projects in Russia, you’d have our name on those projects. We’re not exactly bashful about hiding our name. We like having our name on our buildings, including Trump Tower.”
Eric Trump also blasted Democrats who have suggested potential business ties between Trump companies and Russia. Apparently referring to Russian hacks of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s email, Eric said party leaders should take greater precautions with cybersecurity to avoid hacks.
“Their party lost an election and they needed to try and put someone else down. And there’s zero truth behind it,” he said. “I’d like to see that party take an inward look at themselves. Maybe the leaders of that party shouldn’t be making the password to their computers ‘password,’ maybe start there. It’s maddening.”
Eric Trump’s comments came as congressional and intelligence-community inquiries continue into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Trump’s business ties to Russia have faced heightened scrutiny amid revelations of top Trump campaign figures’ cosy relationships with Russian officials, which some have been reluctant to disclose.
Despite numerous attempts to build hotels in Russia, the Trumps indeed do not own any real-estate properties in the country. The majority of Trump’s known ties include work with Russian financiers and developers on various projects in the US, as well as some of his top campaign aides’ consultations with Kremlin allies.
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