A report from a well-respected golf journalist named James Dodson revealed that Eric Trump divulged to him on a Charlotte, NC golf course that the Trump golf courses relied on heavy financing by Russian backers.
The Charlotte Observer ran a story that reports Dodson, who also co-authored Arnold Palmer’s biography, remains constant in his story that Eric Trump shared this information with him on a Lake Norman golf course that the Russians were key to the Trump Organization as they bought and renovated a slew of golf courses.
The Observer ran the story after Eric Trump denied Dodson’s story in an angry tweet: “This story is completely fabricated and just another example of why there is such a deep distrust of the media in our country #FakeNews”
From The Charlotte Observer:
Dodson insisted that Eric Trump did tell him about Russian investors. And two colleagues of Dodson – including one who had helped develop golf in Russia – said Dodson told them back in 2013 what Eric Trump said about Russian financial backing.
Besides, it would not be the first time one of Trump’s sons has spoken publicly about the importance of Russian capital to the family’s business empire.
At a real estate conference in 2008, Donald Trump Jr. said in a widely circulated comment that Russian money was “pouring in” to the Trump business.
“… In terms of high-end product influx into the U.S., 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,” Trump Jr. said.
The Observer goes on to explain that Dodson relayed this information immediately to others, corroborating his story:
David Woronoff, publisher of The Pilot newspaper in Southern Pines, told the Observer on Sunday that Dodson told him the day after the golf outing what Eric Trump had said about Russians financing Trump golf courses. Dodson, who now lives in Greensboro, has written golf columns for the paper.
“There’s not a doubt in my mind that Eric Trump said that to Jim,” Woronoff told the Observer. “Is Eric Trump the first guy to tell a lie on a golf course? Probably not. But I’m quite confident Jim is accurate. He’s bummed that no one is talking about his book.”