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Trump Reportedly Needed a Loan in 2016, but Even Deutsche Bank Turned Him Down
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50087"><span class="small">Amanda Sakuma, Vox</span></a>   
Monday, 04 February 2019 09:39

Sakuma writes: "Even Deutsche Bank - one of the final financial institutions willing to back Donald Trump - reportedly turned down the president when he needed a loan."

The Turnberry golf resort in Scotland was the subject of a previously undisclosed loan request by the Trump Organization during the 2016 presidential campaign, two people familiar with the request said. Deutsche Bank turned down the application. (photo: Robert Perry/EPA/Shutterstock)
The Turnberry golf resort in Scotland was the subject of a previously undisclosed loan request by the Trump Organization during the 2016 presidential campaign, two people familiar with the request said. Deutsche Bank turned down the application. (photo: Robert Perry/EPA/Shutterstock)


Trump Reportedly Needed a Loan in 2016, but Even Deutsche Bank Turned Him Down

By Amanda Sakuma, Vox

04 February 19


Deutsche Bank is one of the few financial institutions willing to lend money to Trump.

ven Deutsche Bank — one of the final financial institutions willing to back Donald Trump — reportedly turned down the president when he needed a loan.

David Enrich, Jesse Drucker and Ben Protess report in the New York Times Saturday that while Trump was burning through cash in 2016 to self-finance his presidential campaign, he needed additional funds to keep his business growing. According to three unnamed sources familiar with the situation, Trump’s long-time financial backer took the rare move of turning him down:

Senior officials at the bank, including its future chief executive, believed that Mr. Trump’s divisive candidacy made such a loan too risky, the people said. Among their concerns was that if Mr. Trump won the election and then defaulted, Deutsche Bank would have to choose between not collecting on the debt or seizing the assets of the president of the United States.

Two of the people familiar with the loan request said the Trump Organization had been seeking to borrow against its Miami resort to pay for work on a golf property in Turnberry, Scotland.

A spokesperson for the Trump Organization called the report “absolutely false” and denied that the organization didn’t have the cash to finance the renovations at the Scottish resort. But as the Times notes, the organization isn’t denying that it sought out the loan.

Deutsche Bank is infamously one of the few banks still willing to lend Trump and his associates money. According to The Times, the total tally of Deutsche-backed loans over the last 17 years adds up to more than $2.5 billion. The financial institution also has ties to Trump’s son-in-law and White House advisor Jared Kushner, who finalized a $285 million loan for a refinancing package for his family’s property in Times Square.

There are rumors that special counsel Robert Mueller has his eye on Deutsche, and that his office has reportedly asked for information and financial transactions made by Trump and members of his inner circle. The White House denies reports that Mueller has subpoenaed Trump’s bank records from Deutsche. But if Mueller hasn’t issued subpoenas, House Democrats say they will.

Reps. Maxine Waters and Adam Schiff, both California Democrats, have promised to compel Deutsche to hand over Trump’s financial records to investigate whether the president’s business dealings indicate any foreign entities are influencing him. Meanwhile, top Democrats in the Senate are pressuring Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) to open a full investigation in Deutsche Bank’s compliance history and money-laundering vulnerabilities.

As Vox’s Emily Stewart has outlined extensively, even outside the bank’s dealings with Trump, Deutsche Bank has its fair share of business dealings with government officials that seem a bit shady at best. Bank officials have yet to comment on the recent report about Trump’s loan. But after nearly two decades of working with Trump, maybe Deutsche has finally reached their limit with him.

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+13 # DongiC 2019-02-04 11:03
The banking sleuths in the House of R's are quietly moving in on the Chief of Trumps. I am sure Deutsche Bank and Sir Donald are both feeling the pressure. God only knows what Schiff and Waters will find. Perhaps, it is the beginning of the end for our remarkable leader and his motley crew of incompetents.
 
 
+3 # Anne Frank 2019-02-04 11:22
Does Sakuma think anybody who does not already know Trump is an asshole will be persuaded by Deutsche Bank's refusal of a loan? The pettiness of such picking at Trump merely undermines the credibility of reporting on Trump's real crimes, such as his attacks on immigrants, subversion of Venezuela, and reneging on his promises of peace with Syria and Afghanistan.
 
 
+10 # elizabethblock 2019-02-04 14:46
Would you buy a used car from this man?
(Remember whom this was asked about, years ago!)
 
 
+5 # DongiC 2019-02-04 19:45
I wouldn't buy a used up "honey" wagon from this creep.
 
 
+2 # MikeAF48 2019-02-05 16:18
He is still wearing that 1960's haircut missing the duck but groove. Don't ya get it he's obsolete.