Trump Claims He Almost Died in a Helicopter Crash — Turns Out That’s a Total Lie
Donald Trump claimed that he almost died in a helicopter crash after he backed out of a trip at the last minute.
Now, a former Trump Organization official says that the president’s story is a “total, total lie.”
In 1989, three executives from Trump’s casinos and two crew members were killed in a helicopter crash en route to Atlantic City. The chopper crashed in woodlands near the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey.
A United Press International news wire published about the crash reported that sources said that Trump was supposed to be on the helicopter himself but at the last minute backed out. The same statement was also published by Newsday and on the cover of the New York Daily News.
One Trump Organization spokesman, Dan Klores, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Trump “doesn’t want to talk about it, but he was going to go to Atlantic City and he did change his mind.”
Barbara Res, who was working for the Trump Organization at the time of the crash, told MSNBC that Trump’s story about almost being on the deadly helicopter flight was a total fabrication.
“I’m going to tell you a little story,” Res told network host Ari Melber as she explained the deadly crash. “It was a horror. It was a horror for everybody.”
Res went on to say that it wasn’t long before Trump began “putting out the word that he was supposed to be on that plane or that helicopter, and he didn’t at the last minute, he got pulled off the plane, in other words, he’d be dead now.”
The former Trump executive declared that his claim was a “total, total lie.” She compared the made-up story to Trump claiming that he was at Ground Zero helping first responders immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Res began working for the Trump Organization in the 1980s and was the company’s vice president and was in charge of construction. She left the organization after a decade and is now an outspoken critic of the president and his alleged treatment of women.
Res told MSNBC that Trump is a “tremendous opportunist” and that he has been “exploiting” 9/11 for his own reputation.
Noel Casler, a former Trump insider who has repeatedly spilled the beans about Trump, suggested something more sinister in that helicopter crash:
Trump owned a fleet of helicopters in ‘89 but he made his executives who knew of his money laundering as he was being investigated for Taj Mahal get on a rental chopper. The propeller came off shortly after takeoff. All were killed. Lucky break for Donnie. @realDonaldTrump
— NoelCaslerComedy (@CaslerNoel) January 24, 2020