President Trump Donald John TrumpTrump: 'I do not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on trump tweets: 'I do not care' MORE attacked The New York Times in a series of tweets Monday morning, criticizing a report that Deutsche Bank employees flagged possible suspicious transactions by Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner
"The Failing New York Times (I want to leave when I leave office in 6 years), and others of the Fake News Media, keep writing about how I did not use many banks because they did not t want to do business with me. WRONG! It's because I did not need money, "Trump tweeted Monday. "When you do not need or want money, you do not need or want banks. Banks have always been available to me, they want to make money. "
…. fashioned, but true. When you do not need or want money. Banks have always been available, they want to make money.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2019 [19659008Trump"Trump"Trump"Trump"Trump"Trump"Trump"[FAKENEWSisactuallythebiggeststoryofallandisthetrueENEMYOFTHEPEOPLE!"] Trump
In response to Trump's tweets, David Enrich, the Times' financial editor, disputed the president's claim that he could have done business with any bank.
"I've spent a long time looking into this, and @GermanBank what the only bank willing to lend to @realDonaldTrump for 20 years because of his pattern of defaults and the bank's hunger for growth in the US, "he wrote.
This is not true. @DeutscheBank what the only bank willing to lend to @realDonaldTrump for 20 years because of his pattern of defaults and the bank's hunger for growth in the US. https://t.co/Qh4siSpEgM
– David Enrich (@davidenrich) May 20, 2019
The Sunday report said the bank's anti-money laundering personnel are suspected of owning assets Trump and Kushner, many of them tied to Trump's now-dissolved charitable foundation. Despite employees' recommendations, the reports were never filed with the Treasury Department. Certain large transactions, such as those involved in real estate development, are often "big enough" to do so.
"At no time was investigator prevented from escalating activity identified as potential suspicious, "Deutsche Bank spokeswoman Kerrie McHugh told The Hill on Sunday.
– This report was updated at 8:30 am