‘I’m sorry, but Jackie Greene won’t have a job in the White House’: Inside Trump’s golf empire
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump issued a statement in which he said that the golf empire he founded would remain “independent” and that the company he built with his wife “will remain a success and will create jobs in America.”
“I am deeply sorry for the pain I have caused the Jackie Greenes, and I have offered my sincere apologies to them and their family,” the statement read.
“Jackie Greene is a very successful golfer, and she has been an incredible supporter of my presidency.
I have known Jackie for many years and have always admired her passion for golf and her support for President Trump.
I am proud of what we have built together and believe we can continue to build a great business together.”
Trump’s statement also said that Greene, who has never held elected office, would remain a “political adviser” and “advisor to the president.”
“Jacky Greene will continue to work closely with the president, but in the private sector, as a political adviser,” the president’s statement read, “and will be in the position to help with his administration as a senior advisor on matters of national security and national security policy.”
But on Wednesday, Greene denied that she was quitting the company she helped found, telling ABC News’ Jonathan Karl that she will continue with her work with Trump.
“The president, Jackie, will remain a political advisor to him and to the United States of America,” Greene said.
“She is not quitting the Trump Organization, she is not leaving the Trump Foundation, she will remain on the board.”
The Greenes said in a statement Wednesday that they are “deeply grateful” for the president “the support he has given our company and the country,” and that they have been “completely and utterly grateful” to have worked with him on issues ranging from manufacturing to jobs.
“We are grateful for the support he continues to provide us,” the company said in the statement.
Trump said in his statement that he has been very pleased with Jackie’s “strong leadership and commitment to the presidency.”
“She has been a tireless advocate for the business and her family,” he said.
But he said he would “make changes” in the company, saying that “it would be good to have someone who has a proven track record in the industry who can help with these difficult and complex issues.”
The company has faced criticism over the past several years, with the company’s board in 2015 recommending that it be stripped of its $500 million in debt.
It was also accused of not paying federal income taxes for several years.
The company’s website says that Jackie “helped create the world’s first independent company” that focused on producing golf balls.
It also said she “helmed” with the creation of the first U.S. golf course and that she “developed a brand that became a worldwide brand.”
Trump, who said he was making a decision about his business soon, has faced questions about whether his company is worth his billions.
In January, The New York Times reported that the Trump International Golf Links in Scotland had been sold to a Chinese company for $3.9 billion.
The deal was finalized after the Trumps lost the court battle in which they claimed the Trump name.
“In our judgment, the transaction will provide a tremendous opportunity to invest in our existing and future golf development assets, including new golf courses in Scotland,” the Trump organization said in an email to investors.
“It will also bring us great stability and certainty for the long-term viability of the business.”
The Trump Organization has been under scrutiny for a number of ethics violations, including an effort to get a business relationship with an executive with ties to the Chinese government.
The Trump organization also faced scrutiny in May after it received a $2 million donation from a Russian billionaire who donated $50,000 to the Trump Victory Party in 2015.