President Donald Trump said Friday that he would be prepared to pay $100 million to a former child support enforcement officer if she could prove that she was the victim of a fraud scheme and said he was “confident” that a judge would uphold his decision to withhold payments from the former officer.
“I would like to settle with her.
I would like her to prove to me that she didn’t do anything wrong,” Trump said at a White House press briefing.”
She has a very good chance of proving that.
If she can prove it, I would be happy to settle.
And if she can’t, I will certainly withhold payments.
I’ll be happy if she proves it.”
Trump, who is in the midst of his fourth week in office, made the comments during a briefing with reporters and his staff to preview a meeting with U.S. senators.
He said he had asked former Assistant Attorney General Linda F. Binns, who handled child support cases under President Barack Obama, to come forward with information to bolster the president’s claim.
“He’s got a good case, and I believe it,” Trump continued.
“And if he can show me something that can prove that, I’d be willing to pay.”
“It was a really hard one,” Trump added, before adding that he is “confidence” that his decision will be upheld.
“If she can do that, it’s going to be a lot easier for the country.
She’s going a very long way to prove it.”
The president did not elaborate on the circumstances that led to the woman to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“It’s a very complicated situation, and it’s a case that’s been going on for a long time,” Trump told reporters.
“There was a lot of problems, and there’s been a lot done.
I think she’s done a great job.”
The Justice Department announced last week that the agency would begin a “fair and equitable process” to assess whether the woman is entitled to her payments.
The White House announced that Trump was also interested in the woman’s assistance in determining her rights under federal law, which prohibits child support fraud.
Trump and the woman, who asked not to be identified, are scheduled to meet with the U.N. Human Rights Council in New York later this month.