It’s been just 10 days since Donald Trump clinched the required electoral college votes and was declared the winner of the historically unpopular US election. Though he hasn’t even been handed the keys to the White House yet, the country is already undergoing a major shift as protestors are already rallying against Trump and his terrifying team of cronies. His highly questionable appointments of Steven Bannon as Chief Strategist and Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, both of which have been accused of harboring racist views, have sent shivers down the spines of many Americans, especially minorities and immigrants.
As Trump prepares himself to become Commander-in-Chief, it seems like he’s trying to tie up all the loose ends that have haunted him throughout the election cycle. One of the most glaring criticisms that followed the President-Elect throughout the year was the shady dealings of Trump University, a seemingly bogus educational program that was meant to teach real estate “secrets” to students. As a result, Trump was sued by three former students in New York and California for misleading them about the program, each of which paid $35,000 to attend.
Although Trump has maintained his innocence throughout the scandal, he made the sudden decision to settle the case for a whopping sum of $25 million. According the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the decision to settle was a “stunning reversal” by the Trump team, and can be considered as a “major victory” for the victims involved in the fraudulent case.
Trump seems to be quite pleased with the outcome as well, especially as his inauguration day looms closer and closer. Trump’s lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, claims that his client “was willing to sacrifice his personal interests, put this behind him, and move forward.” Although the settlement sum is considerably large, it will save Trump from facing an embarrassing trial while holding one of the most powerful positions in the world.
Trump’s legal team maintains that, while they would have eventually won the case, Donald wanted to resolve the issue and focus on the issues he will face while president. According to Schneiderman, Trump had never “hand-picked” instructors as was promised to students, and that he ultimately pocketed around $5 million in the alleged scheme. All in all, it’s clear the Trump would rather put his scandals behind him before taking office, no matter what the price to do so may be.