The Better Business Bureau fired back at a report that it sent Donald Trump a fax in the middle of Thursday night’s GOP debate showing Trump University with a A rating.
“A video released by Independent Journal implies that BBB sent a fax in the middle of last night’s Republican debate, which we did not. The BBB Business Review of Trump Entrepreneur Initiative (formerly Trump University) has shown ‘No Rating’ continually since September 2015,” it wrote in a statement.
The video in question showed Trump hand the debate moderators the fax during a commercial break but it was unable to be used as only the closing statements of the debate were left.
“Better Business Bureau just sent it. It just came in. I just got it,” he said in the clip published by the Independent Journal Review.
The bone of contention stemmed from earlier in the debate when moderator Megyn Kelly said the most recent rating from the BBB for the Trump University that was publicly available was a D minus.
“The only reason it was a D was because we didn’t care, we didn’t give them the information,” Trump fired back and said that the rating was upgraded when he provided the information.
The timeline is obviously contended by both sides but the fact is at one point the school did indeed have an A rating and at another time had a D minus, as it is with all businesses the BBB rating fluctuated over time.
Trump did tweet a picture of the document he handed to the debate moderators from the BBB after the debate that did show an A rating.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2016
The BBB responded to that tweet in its statement.
“The photo tweeted out after the debate last night did not show the current BBB Business Review or the current rating,” it wrote.
“Over the years, the company’s BBB rating has fluctuated between an A+ and a D-. At this time, the status is ‘No Rating’ because the company is believed to be out of business,” it added.
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