Donald Trump has extolled himself repeatedly as an “amazing, incredible” businessman. But is he, really, a great businessman? Not according to numerous reports–and, frankly, literally thousands of lawsuits. According to CNN:
Donald Trump has a pattern of not paying or underpaying bills to everyone from waiters to painters and carpenters to a banking firm — and was even facing foreclosure at the Trump National Doral Miami golf club, according to exhaustive new reports. According to an investigation by USA Today published Thursday and a similar investigation by The Wall Street Journal published later in the day on Thursday, Trump’s companies are facing hundreds of claims that Trump has stiffed people he contracted with for decades.
If you’re a contractor, you know how frustrating this is. The following are a couple of examples of how Trump treats contractors.
Trump LOVES the Work done, but Payment? Not. So. Much. The first example outlines how an architect billed Trump for funds owed for work completed. First, Trump hired an architect to design the club house for the Trump National Golf Course. Trump said he LOVED the work, but when the architect tried to collect the money he was owed, Trump wasn’t so effusive. Here’s what Trump said:
Mr. Tesoro is a fine architect with a great and an imaginative spirit. He did a great job for me.
In fact, his company apparently told the contractor that they wanted to pay him much less than agreed upon. The contractor reluctantly agreed. But when he tried to collect that money, he was told by Trump that he had been paid enough for the work, and that would be it. Trump’s lawyers said that he could try to get the money through the courts, but that it would take him a lot of time and money to get it. Ultimately, the work was not compensated, and Mr. Tesoro “ate” the difference that he was owed–money that was supposed to go to his kid’s college fund. According to Mr. Tesoro, he almost went out of business. Here’s the story, below, from the Lucid Nation video:
Trump doesn’t Always Win. A local Miami business that had painted the Trump National Doral Miami golf was owed $34,863. Trump’s people had told them that they had been “paid enough.” According to the Miami Herald, a Circuit Court judge presiding over the lawsuit
…ordered the billionaire politician’s company to pay the Doral-based mom-and-pop shop nearly $300,000 in attorney’s fees. All because, according to the lawsuit, Trump allegedly tried to stiff The Paint Spot on its last payment of $34,863 on a $200,000 contract for paint used in the renovation of the home of golf’s famed Blue Monster two years ago. Trump National’s insistence that it had “paid enough” for the paint despite a contract, according to the lawsuit, caused The Paint Spot to slap a lien on the property and Cueto to order the foreclosure sale of the resort. “I’m happy I have a judgment,” said Juan Carlos Enriquez, owner of The Paint Spot. “But he [Trump] hasn’t paid yet. “You know how he says he’ll surround himself with the greatest people if he is president? In this case, he might not be surrounded by the right people.”
Trump has said repeatedly that he would run the US government like a “business.” Never mind that the government shouldn’t be run like a business (that is to say, government should provide services without making a profit), but is this the kind of dirty dealing businessman we want governing our country?
We at Lucid Nation think not.
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