Trump Suggests Obama Is Behind Trump University Lawsuit

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit Saturday against “Trump University,” the professional development program bearing the New York real estate mogul Donald Trump’s name, seeking $40 million in damages for alleged fraud.

Trump, who for years raised questions about the birth status of President Barack Obama—even after the president released his birth certificate—characteristically suggested that Obama had ordered the prosecution when he met Schneiderman in New York last week as part of his bus tour on college affordability.

“More than 5,000 people across the country who paid Donald Trump $40 million to teach them his hard sell tactics got a hard lesson in bait-and-switch,” said Schneiderman in a statement. “Mr. Trump used his celebrity status and personally appeared in commercials making false promises to convince people to spend tens of thousands of dollars they couldn’t afford for lessons they never got. No one, no matter how rich or popular they are, has a right to scam hard working New Yorkers. Anyone who does should expect to be held accountable.”

On CNN’s New Day Monday, the pair faced off in dueling interviews, with Schneiderman rejecting the notion that he was doing anything but looking out for consumers and Trump looping Obama into the fight.

Schneiderman went first:

Trump responded:

In addition to an education program, golf courses, hotels and buildings, the Trump brand has been licensed to bottled water, chocolate, men’s clothing, household crystal, bath towels and steaks.

62 comments
mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

A man  who regularly screws his business partners accused of fraud. There's a shock.

Moche
Moche


News Flash: Trump University has a new spokesperson: Omarosa

Her first press release: I am the first recipient of an official Diploma from TU after answering a single question correctly: 

Q: What DT stands for? 

Answer: "Delirium Tremens"  - She got hired on the spot. 

LOL 



retiredvet
retiredvet

Filed under "Education." That's a laugh. It should be under "Blowhards."

RickMiller
RickMiller

”Mr. Trump used his celebrity status and personally appeared in commercials making false promises to convince people to spend tens of thousands of dollars they couldn’t afford"

I seriously highly doubt that the people who signed up did without something else like food or meds to pay for this school. Give me a break already.

drfaustroll
drfaustroll

The Donald has finally jumped the Duck. For the world record of 5,136 times without having anyone report on anything beyond his hair.

vanlinez
vanlinez

If Trump broke the law, then he should pay. But it's hard for me to feel sorry for anyone that would give this fraud money for "education?" A fool and his money are soon parted after all.  What was he going to teach them?  How to get rich by being born rich?  Did they think a "degree" from Trump "University" was going to impress somebody? Trump gives Americans a bad image.

Tero
Tero

Pffft like Obama would waste another second on this carnival barker.

MrObvious
MrObvious

I suggest Trump is an idiot. Which is more likely compared to what Trump suggest.

bill1
bill1

What an ego - like Obama has nothing more important to address?

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

Thanks for putting his name first in the headline. Saved me a little Time

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

How can anyone take that hair seriously?

bill1
bill1

trump is being trumped.

AbeRosenberg
AbeRosenberg

@TIME and where's that NY district attorney's birth certificate. hah? HAH??

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

I almost forgot about Trump.  Hey, how's the elite team of investigators search for the birth certificate going, anyway?

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

"Mr. Trump used his celebrity status and personally appeared in commercials making false promises to convince people to spend tens of thousands of dollars they couldn’t afford for lessons they never got."

I didn't hear The Donald deny this charge at any point in his interview. Classic Trump, "I'm not accusing the President certainly of anything, but it was interesting..."


rajeevdsamuel
rajeevdsamuel

<interviewer>Sir, I see that you graduated from Trump university.

<interviewer>Impressive, very impressive.

oreomarie
oreomarie

@TIME My lands. You probably blame him for your hair also. Good grief!

7NY
7NY

@TIME I'm still waiting to see Trump's birth certificate.

Schoobies
Schoobies

@TIME Trump is once again letting his hairpiece do his thinking for him.

nchrist33
nchrist33

THUMP THE TRUMP,LIKE A HOT AIR BALLOON ,WITH A BIG HOLE IN IT .

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Giving a headline to Trump reflects very, very poorly on your brand TIME.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

Why is Trump's reaction and accusations against the President the lede of this story? The story STARTS with Trump being accused of fraud. This report is utterly A$$ Backwards.


meddevguy
meddevguy

I agree that the present Administration uses its government power for campaign purposes more than any in memory. But the suit is from a New York State official, and Albany, although very political, would not stoop to passing through sleaze from Washington. Remember that since Governor Cuomo came into office, he has fostered a cooperation with the Republicans in the Senate that gets a lot done -- he  would not jeopardize that to score points on a rich guy who has political aspirations.

cent-fan
cent-fan

Can't we get back to covering the further adventures of Palin, you know, someone who will determine the future of the US and civil society in general?  I just don't think Trump is quite as important.

MiguelRey
MiguelRey

@vanlinez 

Well you should feel sorry because that is why we have laws prohibiting such crimes.  If the US Gov felt the same way then a lot of people without the gift of being as savvy  yourself would be doomed.  

RickMiller
RickMiller

@Tero He seems to have plenty of time to weight in on case like that Treycoon Martian case and the infamous 'beer summit'. And if he is going to sik the IRS on Tea party people then I have zero problems thinking he flapped his boot lips over this case. Sticking his big nose where it does not belong once again.

RickMiller
RickMiller

@bill1 You mean like more race baiting stuff like Treycoon martian or more 'beer summits'. You give the man too much credit.

bobcn
bobcn

@PaulDirks 

Why is Time repeating Trump's baseless accusation at all?  Does Time really believe they are doing their readers a service?  Or are they trying to compete with the National Enquirer for supermarket shelf space?

ronnie.diamond
ronnie.diamond

@meddevguy Are you stupid?  This Administration is as crooked as they come. They buy cooperation and if they don't cooperate they have accidental deaths. Get informed. Trump is another victim of an attempt to destroy his credibility by none other than the ultimate LIAR himself. Obama. Not even a citizen, his father not a citizen, Engulfed in scandals the like of which no other president in history has ever seen. Spent over $1.2 Billion on vacations our taxpayer money... cumulatively more than all presidents combined.  And all of you liberals have the nerve to call out Trump who has made and lost his fortune yes, made not born with it, twice over??!!

meddevguy
meddevguy

@cent-fan Aha -- another 'yesterday's politics' voice is heard. It is shocking how frightened the Democrats were of Governor Palin's speech at the RNC in 2008. They seemed to understand that if people listened to her words wondering the job qualification of a Community Organizer, the vote might not have gone the same way. The Democrats immediately brought out the Big Guns -- SNL, "the press" and are so terrified they keep it up four years after she abandoned politics because it was so filled with total idiots.

cent-fan
cent-fan

@meddevguy @cent-fan Yes, Palin scared us into winning the next election.  But there was fear involved.  The thought that someone that clueless and promoted by a non-critical media to create a horserace might be one heartbeat away from the Presidency scared every Democrat into action.  I only bring her up now because I consider Trump the same kind of animal.  A promoted "personality" that is nothing but low hanging fruit to a lazy and low expectation press.

reallife
reallife

@cent-fan @meddevguy  A promoted "personality" that is nothing but low hanging fruit to a lazy and low expectation press.


that's a good description of president Kardashian

good one!