Daily Beast - Along with saying he lost hundreds of friends on 9/11, Donald Trump says he provided hundreds of workers for the recovery effort.
“Well, I have a lot of men down here right now,” Trump told a German TV station in an interview just uptown from Ground Zero two days after the attack. “We have over 100 and we have about 125 coming. So we’ll have a couple of hundred people down here.”
Even if he never dispatched people in addition to the more than 100 he said were already doing brave and amazing work, the odds are that dozens of them would have since suffered from 9/11-related illnesses.
But just as Trump replied with only silence when The Daily Beast asked him to name even one friend he lost during the 9/11 attacks, and just as nobody seems to remember him at any of the many funerals, his spokeswoman failed to respond when The Daily Beast asked whether any of his workers had suffered from 9/11-related illnesses and, if so, what he had done to assist them.
Trump ignored multiple letters drafted by FDNY Deputy Chief Richard Alles on behalf of the Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act, inquiring whether he intended to support the legislation.
Records do show that Trump pocketed $150,000 in 9/11 funds meant to lessen the impact of the attack on small businesses. He told Time magazine that the grant was connected to an office tower he owns at 40 Wall Street.