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Trump Org says it donated foreign profits to Treasury

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018

In this Monday, June 5, 2017  photo, Suresh Chawla, left, of Chawla Hotels and Eric Danziger, CEO of Trump Hotels, are shown in New York, at a launch event for four new Trump hotels being built in Mississippi. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)
In this Monday, June 5, 2017 photo, Suresh Chawla, left, of Chawla Hotels and Eric Danziger, CEO of Trump Hotels, are shown in New York, at a launch event for four new Trump hotels being built in Mississippi. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)
By Tami Abdollah Associated Press

WASHINGTON – A Trump Organization executive says the company has donated profits from foreign government patrons at its hotel properties to the U.S. Treasury, but won’t say how much.

Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Counsel George Sorial says in a statement that the donation was made on Feb. 22 and includes profits from Jan. 20 through Dec. 31, 2017. The company declined to provide a sum or breakdown.

The U.S. Treasury did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Sorial says the company has made good on an ethics pledge to donate foreign government profits during Donald Trump’s presidency.

The watchdog group Public Citizen has questioned the spirit of the pledge because the methodology used would not require any donation from unprofitable properties receiving foreign government revenue.

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