A military veterans group told Donald Trump they do not want his money from his fundraiser for vets.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder Paul Rieckhoff tweeted Wednesday he would turn away any donation that came from the fundraiser Trump is planning to speak at in lieu of participating in the presidential primary debate in Iowa Thursday.
If offered, @IAVA will decline donations from Trump’s event. We need strong policies from candidates, not to be used for political stunts.
— Paul (PJ) Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) January 27, 2016
According to Rieckhoff, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America have not heard from Trump and do not know what groups are planning to join him at his event.Trump withdrew from Thursday’s GOP primary debate, hosted by Fox News, as a result of his feud with the cable network. Trump plans to host his fundraiser at Drake University in Des Moines.
Trump’s campaign sent a statement regarding his participation in the fundraiser as opposed to the debate Tuesday night, saying, “He will not be participating in the FOX News debate and will instead host an event in Iowa to raise money for the Veterans and Wounded Warriors, who have been treated so horribly by our all talk, no action politicians. Like running for office as an extremely successful person, this takes guts and it is the kind mentality our country needs in order to Make America Great Again.”