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Better Business Bureau: Trump Lied About Our Ratings #free #business #templates


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Better Business Bureau: Trump Lied About Our Ratings

The Council of Better Business Bureaus is calling out Donald Trump for what appears to have been a brazen effort to mislead the Fox News hosts who moderated last week’s Republican presidential debate, as well as the millions of Americans who tuned in to watch last Thursday night.

During the debate, the moderators and Trump’s opponent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, brought up the subject of Trump University, a now-defunct business that Trump established to sell supposedly educational courses and seminars on entrepreneurship. Trump University is currently being sued for fraud by numerous former students, who said that they were pressured to take on debt to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in fees and that the company did not deliver the type of educational experience it promised.

Related: Trump Numbers Are Falling – How Far Can They Go?

On stage last week, Trump angrily challenged criticism of Trump University, insisting that the organization had a “98 percent” approval rating among its students.

But it was when Rubio brought up the company’s D- grade from the Better Business Bureau that Trump really started to get creative.

He conceded that at one point the company did have a D- rating from the Better Business Bureau, but he said the rating was poor only because Trump University hadn’t bothered to submit data to the BBB. He insisted that the grade was subsequently “elevated to an A” once the data was supplied.

“The only reason that is was a D was because we didn’t care — we didn’t give them the information. ” Trump said. “When they got the information it became an A.”

Related: Here’s Why Donald Trump’s Lies May Be Good for U.S. Politics

During a commercial break, Trump was given a fax from his staff, which he handed to Fox moderator Bret Baier. He later posted the document on Facebook. It appeared to be a BBB Business Review giving Trump University (actually, Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, after a 2011 name change) an A grade.

At least one news organization reported, at the time, that the document appeared to have been faxed to the Fox News set by the BBB itself.

On Tuesday, the Council of Better Business Bureaus issued a detailed statement setting the record straight.

“BBB did not send a document of any kind to the Republican debate site last Thursday evening,” it read. “The document presented to debate moderators did not come from BBB that night.”

It continued, “Trump University does not currently have an A rating with BBB. The BBB Business Review for this company has continually been “No Rating” since September 2015. Prior to that, it fluctuated between D- and A+. The document posted on social media on Thursday night was not a current BBB Business Review of Trump University. It appeared to be part of a Business Review from 2014.”

Related: Irony Alert: Trump Is Upset that Ted Cruz Is Lying

More damning, though, was the BBB’s account of how Trump University’s rating went from a D- to an A. The BBB said that, despite Trump’s claims to the contrary, the rating was never increased as a result of new information received from the company.

What happened is that as Trump University failed as a business, it stopped attracting new students, and with no new students, there were no more complaints filed to the BBB.

“During the period when Trump University appeared to be active in the marketplace, BBB received multiple customer complaints about this business,” the statement said. “These complaints affected the Trump University BBB rating, which was as low as D- in 2010. As the company appeared to be winding down, after 2013, no new complaints were reported.

“Complaints over three years old automatically rolled off of the Business Review, according to BBB policy. As a result, over time, Trump University’s BBB rating went to an A in July 2014 and then to an A+ in January 2015.”

Related: Trump’s Net Worth Isn’t His Only Claim That’s Fake

In other words, Trump was lying about Trump University’s rating on national television, and even provided misleading documentary evidence in real time to help him make his case.

In a sane campaign season, this sort of thing would be utterly disqualifying, but whether it will have much effect on Trump’s core support is doubtful. The billionaire’s supporters have proven remarkably immune to factual arguments about Trump’s obvious deficiencies as a candidate, and uninterested in proof that he frequently lies to them .



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James Clapper: Trump travel ban recruiting tool for extremists #politics, #james #clapper:

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Former spy chief calls Trump’s travel ban ‘recruiting tool for extremists’

Washington (CNN) The nation’s former spy chief said he worries the Trump administration’s recent travel ban targeting citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries is damaging to US interests and that he’s not aware of any intelligence necessitating the ban.

James Clapper, who served as director of national intelligence under President Barack Obama, made his first public comments since leaving office during an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jim Sciutto.

“I do worry (the) countries in question with whom we do deal and who are reliable partners, and I also worry about this creating a recruiting tool for the extremists,” Clapper said, “that they will point to this proof that there is a war on all Muslims and they are very astute, particularly ISIL, at exploiting for recruitment purposes.”

Trump issued an executive order last month that temporarily banned people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya from entering the country until more stringent safeguards and vetting standards for entry could be implemented.

Clapper said while the vetting being done on people entering the country was not “perfect,” those actions were strong enough to keep the country safe without this new measure.

Clapper, while noting that he’s farther removed from the job each day that goes by, said “I don’t believe we, in (the intelligence community), were aware of any extraordinary threats that we weren’t already dealing with.”

He added, “We were using some very rigorous vetting processes to check people, validate the people were who they claim to be.”

In his first public comments on the matter, Clapper said the decision to brief both Trump, who was still the President-elect at the time, and Obama on a dossier alleging Russia had compromising information on Trump was partly due to various media outlets and offices on Capitol Hill having the document.

“We thought it was important that he know about it,” Clapper said of Trump. “That was the main point. Not to comment on the veracity” of the information.

In the days following the revelation of the document, first reported by CNN, Trump publicly criticized the intelligence community. He went so far as to compare it to Nazi Germany — which eventually prompted a phone call from Clapper to Trump.

Clapper said he was “concerned” about the comparison and said the comments made many in the intelligence community “quite upset.”

“I felt obliged to call the President-elect and appeal to his higher instincts, and to make sure he understood what our. motives were.” He said that the intelligence community’s aim is to “support to the commander in chief, and to keep him as informed as possible, particularly if it involved some jeopardy to him.”

Clapper said Trump was “very affable and solicitous” in the call and characterized the discussion as a “success,” noting that it was a “constructive engagement.”

When Trump visited the CIA the day after his inauguration, Clapper was concerned once again.

“For a couple minutes, it was fine. I actually, I was encouraged when I heard that his first visit after the election was going to be the CIA,” the former director said. But then his comments devolved into politics.

Clapper emphasized the importance of the wall for fallen intelligence members that the President stood in front of as “hallowed space, not only for CIA people, but actually for the entire intelligence community.”

He added, “I would hope that when people stand in front of edifices like that, that they remember that.”

In the wake of the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia was behind cyber efforts intended to affect the outcome of the US presidential election, Clapper said Russia still posed a clear threat to the United States.

“I’m sure they’ve continued” with the hacking, even after intelligence agencies released a report detailing their alleged breaches, he assessed. “I think it’s in their DNA, whether during the Soviet Era or now.”

And what about possible Russian attempts to interfere in the 2018 midterm or 2020 presidential election?

“I certainly wouldn’t put it past them. If they thought it would be to their advantage to influence a national election or a congressional election, they would,” Clapper said.

Clapper, a retired Air Force intelligence officer who served under every president since John F. Kennedy, said there were a range of emotions he experienced when he left office last month.

“I think the overriding feeling I had at 12:01 a.m. on the 20th of January was a sense of relief,” he said.

While he is “quite anxious” for Sen. Dan Coats to be confirmed to succeed him, Clapper said there is still a sense of apprehension that hangs over him.

“Well, I worry,” he said. “I have a lot personally invested in the US intelligence community. It’s been a 50-year passion of mine. so I have a lot invested in it, and yes, I do worry about it.”



Better Business Bureau: Trump Lied About Our Ratings #business #insurance #companies


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Better Business Bureau: Trump Lied About Our Ratings

The Council of Better Business Bureaus is calling out Donald Trump for what appears to have been a brazen effort to mislead the Fox News hosts who moderated last week’s Republican presidential debate, as well as the millions of Americans who tuned in to watch last Thursday night.

During the debate, the moderators and Trump’s opponent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, brought up the subject of Trump University, a now-defunct business that Trump established to sell supposedly educational courses and seminars on entrepreneurship. Trump University is currently being sued for fraud by numerous former students, who said that they were pressured to take on debt to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in fees and that the company did not deliver the type of educational experience it promised.

Related: Trump Numbers Are Falling – How Far Can They Go?

On stage last week, Trump angrily challenged criticism of Trump University, insisting that the organization had a “98 percent” approval rating among its students.

But it was when Rubio brought up the company’s D- grade from the Better Business Bureau that Trump really started to get creative.

He conceded that at one point the company did have a D- rating from the Better Business Bureau, but he said the rating was poor only because Trump University hadn’t bothered to submit data to the BBB. He insisted that the grade was subsequently “elevated to an A” once the data was supplied.

“The only reason that is was a D was because we didn’t care — we didn’t give them the information. ” Trump said. “When they got the information it became an A.”

Related: Here’s Why Donald Trump’s Lies May Be Good for U.S. Politics

During a commercial break, Trump was given a fax from his staff, which he handed to Fox moderator Bret Baier. He later posted the document on Facebook. It appeared to be a BBB Business Review giving Trump University (actually, Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, after a 2011 name change) an A grade.

At least one news organization reported, at the time, that the document appeared to have been faxed to the Fox News set by the BBB itself.

On Tuesday, the Council of Better Business Bureaus issued a detailed statement setting the record straight.

“BBB did not send a document of any kind to the Republican debate site last Thursday evening,” it read. “The document presented to debate moderators did not come from BBB that night.”

It continued, “Trump University does not currently have an A rating with BBB. The BBB Business Review for this company has continually been “No Rating” since September 2015. Prior to that, it fluctuated between D- and A+. The document posted on social media on Thursday night was not a current BBB Business Review of Trump University. It appeared to be part of a Business Review from 2014.”

Related: Irony Alert: Trump Is Upset that Ted Cruz Is Lying

More damning, though, was the BBB’s account of how Trump University’s rating went from a D- to an A. The BBB said that, despite Trump’s claims to the contrary, the rating was never increased as a result of new information received from the company.

What happened is that as Trump University failed as a business, it stopped attracting new students, and with no new students, there were no more complaints filed to the BBB.

“During the period when Trump University appeared to be active in the marketplace, BBB received multiple customer complaints about this business,” the statement said. “These complaints affected the Trump University BBB rating, which was as low as D- in 2010. As the company appeared to be winding down, after 2013, no new complaints were reported.

“Complaints over three years old automatically rolled off of the Business Review, according to BBB policy. As a result, over time, Trump University’s BBB rating went to an A in July 2014 and then to an A+ in January 2015.”

Related: Trump’s Net Worth Isn’t His Only Claim That’s Fake

In other words, Trump was lying about Trump University’s rating on national television, and even provided misleading documentary evidence in real time to help him make his case.

In a sane campaign season, this sort of thing would be utterly disqualifying, but whether it will have much effect on Trump’s core support is doubtful. The billionaire’s supporters have proven remarkably immune to factual arguments about Trump’s obvious deficiencies as a candidate, and uninterested in proof that he frequently lies to them .



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The Better Business Bureau says Trump University only received top ratings because it had already begun winding down, and there was little for anyone to complain about — though Donald Trump s campaign begs to differ. | AP Photo

Better Business Bureau fires back at Trump

03/08/16 12:29 PM EST

The Better Business Bureau fired back Tuesday at Donald Trump’s numerous claims surrounding its ratings for his defunct Trump University business venture, issuing a point-by-point breakdown seeking to set the record straight. For one, it said, the business does not currently hold an A rating with the agency.

In its joint statement, the Council of Better Business Bureaus and the local BBB that represents metropolitan New York, referred to the institution as Trump University rather than its later moniker, Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, noting that it has not had a rating since September 2015. The rating for the venture fluctuated between D- and A+ over the course of the last several years.

Pointing to its reporting and rating retention period of three years, the agency noted that Trump University’s rating was as low as D- in 2010, as well as the fact that as Trump U wound down operations in 2013, it received no additional complaints.

Complaints over three years old automatically rolled off of the Business Review, according to BBB policy, the statement continued. As a result, over time, Trump University’s BBB rating went to an A in July 2014 and then to an A+ in January 2015.

In other words, Trump University only received top ratings because it had already begun winding down, and there was little for anyone to complain about — though the Trump campaign begs to differ.

They gave the program a rating and they admit that the rating was an A+, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told POLITICO in an email. Any lower ratings were given prior to the submission of documentation and other applicable paperwork. Once submitted, the program was awarded an even higher rating than previously shared.

As it had asserted last week. BBB also disputed Trump’s claim that the agency faxed a copy of Trump University ratings during last Thursday’s debate in Detroit. It also shot down the document Trump posted following the debate on social media, which it said was not a current document.

It appeared to be part of a Business Review from 2014, the agency said in its statement.

BBB also said it has never accredited Trump University.

The agency’s statement comes amid two separate lawsuits against the organization, in New York and California.

A federal appeals court on March 1 declined to toss out one of those lawsuits, a $40 million fraud case against Trump brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

“We look forward to demonstrating in a court of law that Donald Trump and his sham for-profit college defrauded more than 5,000 consumers out of millions of dollars,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

Trump has downplayed the lawsuit, saying it was peanuts and insisting he could easily have settled it, but didn’t want to set a precedent.

He’s also accused Schneiderman of doing the bidding of his campaign donors, a charge the attorney general has called false.

“This is a case about fraud. If you’re talking about someone who you’re looking at to be president, I think the issue of credibility is very important,” Schneiderman said on CNN last week. ”If you tell people we’re going to teach you Donald Trump secrets, and he’s never had any part of writing the curriculum — that’s fraud.

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Better Business Bureau: Trump Lied About Our Ratings #business #ethics


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Better Business Bureau: Trump Lied About Our Ratings

The Council of Better Business Bureaus is calling out Donald Trump for what appears to have been a brazen effort to mislead the Fox News hosts who moderated last week’s Republican presidential debate, as well as the millions of Americans who tuned in to watch last Thursday night.

During the debate, the moderators and Trump’s opponent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, brought up the subject of Trump University, a now-defunct business that Trump established to sell supposedly educational courses and seminars on entrepreneurship. Trump University is currently being sued for fraud by numerous former students, who said that they were pressured to take on debt to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in fees and that the company did not deliver the type of educational experience it promised.

Related: Trump Numbers Are Falling – How Far Can They Go?

On stage last week, Trump angrily challenged criticism of Trump University, insisting that the organization had a “98 percent” approval rating among its students.

But it was when Rubio brought up the company’s D- grade from the Better Business Bureau that Trump really started to get creative.

He conceded that at one point the company did have a D- rating from the Better Business Bureau, but he said the rating was poor only because Trump University hadn’t bothered to submit data to the BBB. He insisted that the grade was subsequently “elevated to an A” once the data was supplied.

“The only reason that is was a D was because we didn’t care — we didn’t give them the information. ” Trump said. “When they got the information it became an A.”

Related: Here’s Why Donald Trump’s Lies May Be Good for U.S. Politics

During a commercial break, Trump was given a fax from his staff, which he handed to Fox moderator Bret Baier. He later posted the document on Facebook. It appeared to be a BBB Business Review giving Trump University (actually, Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, after a 2011 name change) an A grade.

At least one news organization reported, at the time, that the document appeared to have been faxed to the Fox News set by the BBB itself.

On Tuesday, the Council of Better Business Bureaus issued a detailed statement setting the record straight.

“BBB did not send a document of any kind to the Republican debate site last Thursday evening,” it read. “The document presented to debate moderators did not come from BBB that night.”

It continued, “Trump University does not currently have an A rating with BBB. The BBB Business Review for this company has continually been “No Rating” since September 2015. Prior to that, it fluctuated between D- and A+. The document posted on social media on Thursday night was not a current BBB Business Review of Trump University. It appeared to be part of a Business Review from 2014.”

Related: Irony Alert: Trump Is Upset that Ted Cruz Is Lying

More damning, though, was the BBB’s account of how Trump University’s rating went from a D- to an A. The BBB said that, despite Trump’s claims to the contrary, the rating was never increased as a result of new information received from the company.

What happened is that as Trump University failed as a business, it stopped attracting new students, and with no new students, there were no more complaints filed to the BBB.

“During the period when Trump University appeared to be active in the marketplace, BBB received multiple customer complaints about this business,” the statement said. “These complaints affected the Trump University BBB rating, which was as low as D- in 2010. As the company appeared to be winding down, after 2013, no new complaints were reported.

“Complaints over three years old automatically rolled off of the Business Review, according to BBB policy. As a result, over time, Trump University’s BBB rating went to an A in July 2014 and then to an A+ in January 2015.”

Related: Trump’s Net Worth Isn’t His Only Claim That’s Fake

In other words, Trump was lying about Trump University’s rating on national television, and even provided misleading documentary evidence in real time to help him make his case.

In a sane campaign season, this sort of thing would be utterly disqualifying, but whether it will have much effect on Trump’s core support is doubtful. The billionaire’s supporters have proven remarkably immune to factual arguments about Trump’s obvious deficiencies as a candidate, and uninterested in proof that he frequently lies to them .



Better Business Bureau: Trump Lied About Our Ratings #unsecured #business #loan


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Better Business Bureau: Trump Lied About Our Ratings

The Council of Better Business Bureaus is calling out Donald Trump for what appears to have been a brazen effort to mislead the Fox News hosts who moderated last week’s Republican presidential debate, as well as the millions of Americans who tuned in to watch last Thursday night.

During the debate, the moderators and Trump’s opponent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, brought up the subject of Trump University, a now-defunct business that Trump established to sell supposedly educational courses and seminars on entrepreneurship. Trump University is currently being sued for fraud by numerous former students, who said that they were pressured to take on debt to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in fees and that the company did not deliver the type of educational experience it promised.

Related: Trump Numbers Are Falling – How Far Can They Go?

On stage last week, Trump angrily challenged criticism of Trump University, insisting that the organization had a “98 percent” approval rating among its students.

But it was when Rubio brought up the company’s D- grade from the Better Business Bureau that Trump really started to get creative.

He conceded that at one point the company did have a D- rating from the Better Business Bureau, but he said the rating was poor only because Trump University hadn’t bothered to submit data to the BBB. He insisted that the grade was subsequently “elevated to an A” once the data was supplied.

“The only reason that is was a D was because we didn’t care — we didn’t give them the information. ” Trump said. “When they got the information it became an A.”

Related: Here’s Why Donald Trump’s Lies May Be Good for U.S. Politics

During a commercial break, Trump was given a fax from his staff, which he handed to Fox moderator Bret Baier. He later posted the document on Facebook. It appeared to be a BBB Business Review giving Trump University (actually, Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, after a 2011 name change) an A grade.

At least one news organization reported, at the time, that the document appeared to have been faxed to the Fox News set by the BBB itself.

On Tuesday, the Council of Better Business Bureaus issued a detailed statement setting the record straight.

“BBB did not send a document of any kind to the Republican debate site last Thursday evening,” it read. “The document presented to debate moderators did not come from BBB that night.”

It continued, “Trump University does not currently have an A rating with BBB. The BBB Business Review for this company has continually been “No Rating” since September 2015. Prior to that, it fluctuated between D- and A+. The document posted on social media on Thursday night was not a current BBB Business Review of Trump University. It appeared to be part of a Business Review from 2014.”

Related: Irony Alert: Trump Is Upset that Ted Cruz Is Lying

More damning, though, was the BBB’s account of how Trump University’s rating went from a D- to an A. The BBB said that, despite Trump’s claims to the contrary, the rating was never increased as a result of new information received from the company.

What happened is that as Trump University failed as a business, it stopped attracting new students, and with no new students, there were no more complaints filed to the BBB.

“During the period when Trump University appeared to be active in the marketplace, BBB received multiple customer complaints about this business,” the statement said. “These complaints affected the Trump University BBB rating, which was as low as D- in 2010. As the company appeared to be winding down, after 2013, no new complaints were reported.

“Complaints over three years old automatically rolled off of the Business Review, according to BBB policy. As a result, over time, Trump University’s BBB rating went to an A in July 2014 and then to an A+ in January 2015.”

Related: Trump’s Net Worth Isn’t His Only Claim That’s Fake

In other words, Trump was lying about Trump University’s rating on national television, and even provided misleading documentary evidence in real time to help him make his case.

In a sane campaign season, this sort of thing would be utterly disqualifying, but whether it will have much effect on Trump’s core support is doubtful. The billionaire’s supporters have proven remarkably immune to factual arguments about Trump’s obvious deficiencies as a candidate, and uninterested in proof that he frequently lies to them .



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The Better Business Bureau says Trump University only received top ratings because it had already begun winding down, and there was little for anyone to complain about — though Donald Trump s campaign begs to differ. | AP Photo

Better Business Bureau fires back at Trump

03/08/16 12:29 PM EST

The Better Business Bureau fired back Tuesday at Donald Trump’s numerous claims surrounding its ratings for his defunct Trump University business venture, issuing a point-by-point breakdown seeking to set the record straight. For one, it said, the business does not currently hold an A rating with the agency.

In its joint statement, the Council of Better Business Bureaus and the local BBB that represents metropolitan New York, referred to the institution as Trump University rather than its later moniker, Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, noting that it has not had a rating since September 2015. The rating for the venture fluctuated between D- and A+ over the course of the last several years.

Pointing to its reporting and rating retention period of three years, the agency noted that Trump University’s rating was as low as D- in 2010, as well as the fact that as Trump U wound down operations in 2013, it received no additional complaints.

Complaints over three years old automatically rolled off of the Business Review, according to BBB policy, the statement continued. As a result, over time, Trump University’s BBB rating went to an A in July 2014 and then to an A+ in January 2015.

In other words, Trump University only received top ratings because it had already begun winding down, and there was little for anyone to complain about — though the Trump campaign begs to differ.

They gave the program a rating and they admit that the rating was an A+, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told POLITICO in an email. Any lower ratings were given prior to the submission of documentation and other applicable paperwork. Once submitted, the program was awarded an even higher rating than previously shared.

As it had asserted last week. BBB also disputed Trump’s claim that the agency faxed a copy of Trump University ratings during last Thursday’s debate in Detroit. It also shot down the document Trump posted following the debate on social media, which it said was not a current document.

It appeared to be part of a Business Review from 2014, the agency said in its statement.

BBB also said it has never accredited Trump University.

The agency’s statement comes amid two separate lawsuits against the organization, in New York and California.

A federal appeals court on March 1 declined to toss out one of those lawsuits, a $40 million fraud case against Trump brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

“We look forward to demonstrating in a court of law that Donald Trump and his sham for-profit college defrauded more than 5,000 consumers out of millions of dollars,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

Trump has downplayed the lawsuit, saying it was peanuts and insisting he could easily have settled it, but didn’t want to set a precedent.

He’s also accused Schneiderman of doing the bidding of his campaign donors, a charge the attorney general has called false.

“This is a case about fraud. If you’re talking about someone who you’re looking at to be president, I think the issue of credibility is very important,” Schneiderman said on CNN last week. ”If you tell people we’re going to teach you Donald Trump secrets, and he’s never had any part of writing the curriculum — that’s fraud.

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The Better Business Bureau says Trump University only received top ratings because it had already begun winding down, and there was little for anyone to complain about — though Donald Trump s campaign begs to differ. | AP Photo

Better Business Bureau fires back at Trump

03/08/16 12:29 PM EST

The Better Business Bureau fired back Tuesday at Donald Trump’s numerous claims surrounding its ratings for his defunct Trump University business venture, issuing a point-by-point breakdown seeking to set the record straight. For one, it said, the business does not currently hold an A rating with the agency.

In its joint statement, the Council of Better Business Bureaus and the local BBB that represents metropolitan New York, referred to the institution as Trump University rather than its later moniker, Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, noting that it has not had a rating since September 2015. The rating for the venture fluctuated between D- and A+ over the course of the last several years.

Pointing to its reporting and rating retention period of three years, the agency noted that Trump University’s rating was as low as D- in 2010, as well as the fact that as Trump U wound down operations in 2013, it received no additional complaints.

Complaints over three years old automatically rolled off of the Business Review, according to BBB policy, the statement continued. As a result, over time, Trump University’s BBB rating went to an A in July 2014 and then to an A+ in January 2015.

In other words, Trump University only received top ratings because it had already begun winding down, and there was little for anyone to complain about — though the Trump campaign begs to differ.

They gave the program a rating and they admit that the rating was an A+, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told POLITICO in an email. Any lower ratings were given prior to the submission of documentation and other applicable paperwork. Once submitted, the program was awarded an even higher rating than previously shared.

As it had asserted last week. BBB also disputed Trump’s claim that the agency faxed a copy of Trump University ratings during last Thursday’s debate in Detroit. It also shot down the document Trump posted following the debate on social media, which it said was not a current document.

It appeared to be part of a Business Review from 2014, the agency said in its statement.

BBB also said it has never accredited Trump University.

The agency’s statement comes amid two separate lawsuits against the organization, in New York and California.

A federal appeals court on March 1 declined to toss out one of those lawsuits, a $40 million fraud case against Trump brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

“We look forward to demonstrating in a court of law that Donald Trump and his sham for-profit college defrauded more than 5,000 consumers out of millions of dollars,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

Trump has downplayed the lawsuit, saying it was peanuts and insisting he could easily have settled it, but didn’t want to set a precedent.

He’s also accused Schneiderman of doing the bidding of his campaign donors, a charge the attorney general has called false.

“This is a case about fraud. If you’re talking about someone who you’re looking at to be president, I think the issue of credibility is very important,” Schneiderman said on CNN last week. ”If you tell people we’re going to teach you Donald Trump secrets, and he’s never had any part of writing the curriculum — that’s fraud.

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Better Business Bureau: Trump Lied About Trump University Rating

The Better Business Bureau on Tuesday briskly refuted a number of statements that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made about Trump University, the now-defunct real estate seminar provider that many students allege was a scam.

In last Thursday’s Republican debate, the candidate defended Trump University despite the multiple lawsuits brought by former students and the state of New York.

Challenged by Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly about Trump University’s D-minus rating from the Better Business Bureau, Trump said that “right now it is an A.”

During a commercial break, Trump was caught on camera presenting the debate hosts with a piece of paper that he said showed that rating. “The Better Business Bureau just sent it,” Trump can be heard telling Fox News moderator Bret Baier. “This just came in, we just got it.”

“The BBB did not send a document of any kind to the Republican debate site last Thursday evening,” the nonprofit organization said on Tuesday. “The document presented to debate moderators did not come from BBB that night.”

As to Trump’s basic claim, the watchdog group said, “Trump University does not currently have an A rating with BBB. The BBB Business Review for this company has continually been ‘No Rating’ since September 2015. Prior to that, it fluctuated between D- and A+.”

Following the debate on Thursday, Trump tweeted what he said was the official A rating for the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, a later name for Trump University.

On Tuesday, the Better Business Bureau said, “The document posted on social media on Thursday night was not a current BBB Business Review of Trump University. It appeared to be part of a Business Review from 2014.”

Furthermore, the nonprofit stated, “Trump University has never been a BBB Accredited Business. The document handed to the debate moderators on Thursday night could not have been an actual ‘Better Business Bureau accreditation notice’ for this business.”

Here’s the current review of the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative.

Better Business Bureau

Not only did the Better Business Bureau refute Trump’s claims about Trump University’s current grade; it also refuted his claim that the enterprise has “a 98 percent approval rating from the people who took the course [because] people like it. many did tremendously well, and made a lot of money.”

Here’s how the bureau tells it: “During the period when Trump University appeared to be active in the marketplace, BBB received multiple customer complaints about this business. These complaints affected the Trump University BBB rating, which was as low as D- in 2010.”

How did it ever have an A rating?

The company closed in 2011, and after that, the Better Business Bureau said, “no new complaints were reported.” Complaints that are more than three years old “automatically rolled off of the Business Review, [and] over time, Trump University’s BBB rating went to an A in July 2014 and then to an A+ in January 2015.”

Trump, however, claimed the opposite was true. He said the Better Business Bureau simply hadn’t had enough information about Trump U, and that’s why it received a D-minus. “Before they had the information,” the program scored poorly, he said, but “once they had the information. it is right now an A.”

More than 5,000 people are suing Trump and Trump University in California, where a class action suit alleges that many students spent more than $30,000 on what they were told would be a real estate investment mentorship, personally designed and overseen by Trump.

Watch the real estate mogul’s promotional video for Trump University:

In fact, the former students allege that Trump played no part in designing the course, choosing the teachers or mentoring students.

A second case brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was cleared by an appeals court to move forward last week. This means voters are likely to hear a lot more about Trump University in the coming months.

The candidate tried to play down the seriousness of the allegations on Thursday, yelling, “It’s just a minor case! It’s a minor case!” over the voices of debate moderators.

On Monday, Trump also released a video (see below ) in which he singled out two people who asserted they’d been scammed by his seminar company. He accused them of saying “horrible things” and warned “we’re looking” for a third person.

A spokeswoman for Trump’s campaign and a lawyer for Trump’s business both declined to comment on the Better Business Bureau’s statement.