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Trump aide defends portrait foundation paid for: Trump is ‘storing’ it at hotel

A senior adviser to Donald Trump on Tuesday said that it is “absolutely proper” for the Republican candidate to display a portrait that was bought with his foundation’s money in his own golf course in Florida, because he is “storing it” for the charity.

{mosads}“There are IRS rules which specifically state that when a foundation has an item, an individual can store those items on behalf of the foundation in order to help it with storage costs,” said Boris Epshteyn in an interview with MSNBC.

“And that’s absolutely proper.”

The Washington Post previously reported that Trump used his foundation’s funds to purchase two portraits of himself at a charity galas in 2007 and 2014 for a total of $30,000 — a possible violation of laws preventing charity officers from using their group’s money to their own benefit.

Last week, a Univision reporter discovered the 4-foot, $10,000 painting on display while staying at Trump National Doral Miami, a golf resort owned by the business mogul.

When pressed, Epshteyn insisted Tuesday that Trump was doing his charity a favor by hanging the portrait. 

“He is doing a good thing for his foundation, because his foundation does not have overhead it doesn’t have paid board members, paid family board members like the Clinton Foundation does,” he said.

Epshteyn also accused the Washington Post reporter who first reported the purchase, David Fahrenthold, of being a surrogate for Hillary Clinton because of his reporting on the Republican candidate’s charitable foundation.

“We all know that the Washington Post editors told Mr. Fahrenthold to look into this, because this is a promulgated attack by the left against Donald Trump,” Epshteyn said.

MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson pushed back against the allegation, saying that Fahrenthold is a reporter.

“He’s not really a reporter — he’s a Clinton surrogate at this point,” Epshteyn shot back. “He has no facts, he alleges things in his writings — they’re always debunked.”

Fahrenthold has uncovered a number revelations about Trump’s foundation this year. He reported that Trump paid the IRS a fine for making a political donation with the charity’s funds, that he has given the group very little of his own money and that he used the foundation to pay settlements in two separate lawsuits against him.

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