WASHINGTON – An Oklahoma school that specializes in teaching advanced computer science skills has turned down a grant offered by Melania Trump, who said on Friday that “politics get in the way of my mission to support children”.
Mrs. Trump revealed the clash with the school in a declare defended her fundraising efforts since she left the White House, which she said is focused on supporting adopted children.
Ms. Trump did not name the school she said had declined her grant, only noting that it was “a computer science school founded in Silicon Valley with a campus in Oklahoma.”
That fits the description of an organization called Holberton School. It opened a location in Tulsa, Okla., in 2020.
Julien Barbier, Holberton’s chief executive, confirmed on Friday that Mrs. Trump had attempted to raise money for the Tulsa school.
“We were approached by her team about a scholarship but never reached an agreement on the logistics of the scholarship,” he said, declining to discuss the matter further.
Ms. Trump said that she had asked to donate anonymously, with the money intended to support the scholarship. She said she signed an agreement detailing the planned contribution when the school refused it, which she said was part of an effort to “cancel me”.
“I have made it clear that the school board organized a politically motivated decision,” Ms. declare, posted on her website on Friday. “Obviously I am disappointed but not surprised. This is not the first time politics has interfered with my mission to support children.”
She added that it was at least the second time her efforts to support a charity had been turned down, asserting that “a corporate partner turned down the opportunity to further her goals.” our joint charity around my visit to Africa”, which took place in 2018. She provided no other details.
Since December, Mrs. Trump has been speeding up efforts to donate or raise money – for herself and for charities – holding an online auction last month to sell a the white hat she wore at the White House during the French president’s visit in 2018, as part of what she called Head of State Collection.
She also recently announced plans to host what she calls “exclusive high tea” which she is calling Tulips & seedlings, which sells tickets for up to $50,000 to “VIP table sponsors.” Ms. Trump said the money raised from the event, which is scheduled to be held in Naples, Fla.
She told The New York Times in a statement this month, which will be used “to provide children in foster communities with the ability to secure entry-level jobs in the tech sector,” like as the mission of the Holberton School.
But the planned event in Florida has drawn many questions from officials investigating whether Ms. Trump was complying with state law. Florida requires anyone soliciting charitable donations to register with the state, and officials there have been unable to find registrations filed on behalf of Mrs. Trump or the programs she says she is raising funds for. called Be Best and Nurture the Future.
In Friday’s statement, Ms. Trump said she had no intention of starting her own official nonprofit, registered with Florida or the federal government.
Instead, she said, the money raised at the April event will go to Generational justiceone Current non-profit organization also known as Generational Justice uses legal action to try to improve the foster care system in the United States. Ms. Trump also said she is working with a conservative nonprofit called the Bradley Impact Fund that has selected foster care-related charities she plans to support. Both organizations are registration in Florida to raise money for charity.
A spokesman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which oversees philanthropy in the state, declined to comment on Friday about the investigation.
“With the investigation still ongoing, we are unable to comment further at this time,” Erin M. Moffet, a spokeswoman for the agency, said in an email Friday.
Ms. Trump, in a series of public statements, said she had followed all the state’s rules.
“The media has created a narrative under which I am attempting to act in an illegal or unethical manner,” her statement on Friday said. “That description is simply untrue and adversely affects the children I hope to support. People who attack my initiatives and create the wrong look are literal dream killers. They destroyed the hopes and dreams of the children by trying to destroy me.”
Mrs Trump’s monetization efforts have only intensified in recent weeks, when she announced a partnership with Parler, the conservative social media site, to use the platform to boost online sales. hers.
She revealed on Parler this week a plan to sell what she calls POTUS TRUMP NFT Collectionhas virtual artwork called non-deletable tokens, or NFTs, on USAmemorabilia.com, a website she is creating.
A total of 10,000 NFTs will be sold for $50 each or more, and will feature “iconic moments from the Trump administration, such as the July 4 visit to Mount Rushmore and Christmas at the White House.” Ms. Trump said the sale will take place with cryptocurrencies as with the previous auction.
She did not say where the images from the NFTs would come from, but a former aide questioned in a tweet whether it was appropriate to sell photographs of White House events.
“Trump sells the House of Commons archives? !!” Stephanie Winston Wolkoff wrotea former adviser to Mrs. Trump, who was fell out with family after a dispute over Trump’s inauguration spending. “Is this legal?”
Mrs. Trump’s office did not respond when asked if the NFT images she would sell were based on photographs taken by government employees.
Her statement made no mention of whether any proceeds from the sale would support her charitable efforts or simply be donated by Mrs. Trump and her business partners. Ms. Trump also indicated that images of the virtual artwork she is selling – with names like Air Force One Platinum, First Lady Platinum and Mount Rushmore Platinum – would not be publicly released before they go on sale.
“Collectors will enjoy an element of surprise, as each NFT’s artwork is revealed only after purchase,” the announcement said. “Of course, collectors can purchase multiple times to own the entire POTUS Trump Collection.”
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