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Trump lawyer: President has no financial ties to Russia, ‘with a few exceptions’
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The #withfewexceptions hashtag was almost immediately born.
Whether Donald Trump releases his taxes while he’s in office, even though he says nobody cares, or if he releases them after he’s done with the presidency, he wants you to know that there’s nothing in them that should cause any concern.
Especially when it comes to Russia and whether Trump has any financial ties to the country ruled by Vladimir Putin.
And now he’s had his lawyers prove it. They stated today there are no ties to Russia.
With, um, a few possible exceptions.
BREAKING: Trump lawyer: Tax returns from past 10 years show no "income of any type from Russian sources," with few exceptions.— The Associated Press (@AP) May 12, 2017
This might not surprise Eric Trump, who reportedly told a golf writer in 2014 that his father didn’t need banks to fund Trump-branded golf courses, because “we have all the funding we need out of Russia.”
As the Associated Press reported Friday, the letter from Trump’s representation said he has no “equity investment by Russians in entities controlled by Trump or debt owed by Trump to Russian lenders.” But the letter also said Trump’s tax returns does show income from the Miss Universe pageant that was held in Moscow in 2013 and for a “property sold to a Russian billionaire in 2008 for $95 million.”
But the details didn’t really matter, because immediately after the Associated Press broke that tweet, the hashtag #WithFewExceptions began blowing up on Twitter.
Trump business ventures have never failed, #withfewexceptions— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) May 12, 2017
I was never injured in the NFL, with a few exceptions. https://t.co/BA0tMombDg— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) May 12, 2017
President Lincoln enjoys going to the theater, #withfewexceptions— Joel Abrams (@BostonAbrams) May 12, 2017
My bank statement reveals zero transactions at Shake Shack #withfewexceptions— Margaret Menefee (@MargaretMenefee) May 12, 2017
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman...with few exceptions." -- Bill Clinton #withfewexceptions— Danny (@dannyjunior) May 12, 2017
Trump: "There's nobody that has more respect for women than I do, #withfewexceptions"— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 12, 2017
Since Trump hasn’t released his tax returns, it’s hard to know if the lawyer’s letter is accurate in the first place. But the hashtag made Twitter happy, and if Trump knows how to do anything, it’s to bring joy to social media users. With A. Few. Exceptions.
You can read the full letter below.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.