At the 11th hour, Trump decides to fight Trump University settlement after all
“I am the President of the United State and I refuse to allow a Mexican judge, who is probably here illegally, to beat me”
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel approved a $25 million settlement between Donald J. Trump and students who paid for Trump University real estate seminars. It was thought this would bring a long and painful episode to a close for over 6000 vulnerable middle-class Amiercans. But it was not to be so.
Early Saturday morning, Trump tweeted, “I never settle. I was given terrible advice by my lawyers. I’m withdrawing my offer and saving $25M. See you in court!” Amost 5 months ago, he had tweeted “I settled the Trump University lawsuit for a small fraction of the potential award because as President I have to focus on our country.” If he chooses to fight now— and loses — he would stand to lose significantly more money. “I won’t lose because I always win,” Trump said defiantly.
When former student Sherri Simpson heard about Trump’s actions, she was both angry and happy. Sherri was angry because she felt this was one more example of Trump reneging on his obligations. But she was happy because she had always wanted to opt out of the agreement and continue to pursue the lawsuit against Trump. She was especially upset the settlement didn’t require Trump to admit wrong-doing and to apologize for defrauding the students. Other former students who had banded together for the class action wanted the settlement to move forward, and now Sherri can potentially get what she really wanted.