Long before he became president of the United States, Donald Trump saved the 1995 Veterans Day parade from financial ruin.
The Daily Caller reports that the United Veterans War Council had just $1.21 in the bank in August of 1995–just three short months before its annual Veterans Day parade.
At the time, the New York Times reported that the parade’s executive director Tom Fox told the publication that the organization had not received a single donation from the 200 companies it had lobbied for support.
“Zippo, dada, zilch,” Fox told the Times. “Nothing from Northrup, United Technologies, none of them. To me, it’s a sin.”
That was until Donald J. Trump entered the picture and donated between $325,000 and $375,000 to keep the parade afloat.
From there, the Daily Caller points out, “Trump’s contribution unleashed a windfall of donations to the parade’s organizers. While the parade’s budget was ultimately reduced from $2.9 million to $2.4 million, The NYT reported, the show was able to go on.”
Last week, co-producer of the 2019 Veterans Day Parade told Fox and Friends, “The parade was in difficult financial straits, and the president of the United States — then ‘The Donald’ — no questions asked, just said, ‘Yes, I will do it.'”
“He wrote a ginormous check, saved the Veterans Day Parade,” White continued. “He has been a friend to our veterans for many, many, many years … We are so grateful to our president. We have a great commander-in-chief. There’s going to be 30,000 veterans, 400 military units … and it’s our 100th anniversary.”
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