Donald Trump Jr. hit back Friday at news sources that had been reporting his father's Mar-A-Lago estate was transferred to him days before he was indicted in Georgia, according to a Breitbart News exclusive.
Trump Jr. said the reports were not true and slammed the media for shoddy reporting and for not holding itself accountable to a higher standard.
“I woke up this morning to numerous media reports claiming that my dad transferred ownership of Mar-A-Lago to me, and while anyone would love to be gifted one of the most beautiful properties in the entire world, it is nothing more than total and complete fake news,” Trump Jr. told Breitbart News exclusively on Friday. “A lot of media outlets should be embarrassed with themselves for running such a phony story, but we all know that most of them won’t even retract their reports because they have no shame. SAD!”
The Daily Express reported on Friday that the former President "seemingly" sold the estate to his son for $422 million and cited Zillow as its source for the sale.
Newsweek reported similarly on the Zillow sale at first, but is now reporting that Zillow's listing was "incorrect."
Zillow confirmed later on Friday that its listing had been incorrect and the property is now listed as "off market" on the site.
“Zillow strives for accuracy on our site and if we become aware of inaccurate information, we will update it immediately," a spokesperson said. “After an investigation, it appears that the information provided was incorrect. We’ve corrected the information on this property.”
Representing the Trump Organization, Eric Trump said in a statement, “Mar-a-Lago has absolutely not been sold nor will it ever be. This rumor is asinine.”
On social media, he posted, “This is pure FAKE NEWS and Zillow has corrected their listing. Mar-a-Lago has not been sold or transferred in any regard. This story is total BS.”
There was no record of any such sale in state business filings and Palm Beach County courthouse and property records, according to the Palm Beach Daily News.
The Daily News was able to locate records that said Trump transferred the property to a business called Mar-A-Lago Club, Inc. in 1995 at the value of $12 million.
While Trump Sr. controlled the entity in 1995, Florida business records show that Trump Jr. now serves as director, chairman, vice president, secretary and treasurer of the Trump-owned entity.
Nothing about the ownership of Mar-A-Lago has changed since that time, according to any known records, however.
As usual, the media wants to make Trump look bad, or worried about what will happen to his businesses and his home if he is convicted on any of the four indictments currently filed against him.