The Trump campaign pushed the Trump University lawsuit to be resolved after the general election. Days later, Trump settles for $25 million dollars? Does that mean he is admitting guilt and knew it all along, but just wanted to win the presidency to protect himself from bad business decisions? According to the New York Times, Trump settled his case on Friday, resulting in partial restitution for students that were pressured into paying up to $35,000 for tuition. In addition, Trump University employees also testified that they not only used hard sales tactics to recruit students, but also employed instructors who were not even qualified for their positions.
The lawsuit began in 2013 after New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman brought the class action suit to the courts. Mr. Petrocelli, Trump’s lawyer, confirmed that Trump settled the case “without an acknowledgment of fault or liability,” making many wonder if Trump knew about the tactics all along. The lawsuit covers roughly 6,000 students. The victims will have at least half of their tuition fees returned to them, while their attorneys waived all legal fees, expediting the case to be closed. Trump chimed in on Twitter stating, “I settled the Trump University lawsuit for a small fraction of the potential award because as President I have to focus on our country.”
Of course all this comes on the heels of Trump winning the presidency, working to rebuild the trust of his party and to unite the country. Trump’s quick decision to “settle” the lawsuit has some experts wondering about his intentions, being that in March Trump stated, “This is a case I could have settled very easily, but I don’t settle cases very easily when I’m right.” Regardless of your stance on the issue, at least the 6,000 students who put their trust and financial future in the hands of Trump University will finally be compensated.