'We like having our name on our buildings': Eric Trump blasts 'maddening' stories of Trump-Russia business ties

President Donald Trump's son, Eric, vehemently dismissed claims that his father had business ties to Russian government officials in an interview Sunday.

In an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, the president's son dubbed stories outlining ties between Russia and the Trump Organization "ridiculous," saying the claims were "a little bit maddening."

"It actually infuriates me," said Eric Trump, who stepped into the role of executive vice president of the Trump Organization earlier this year.

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Eric Trump is President-elect Donald Trump's third child with his first wife Ivana Trump. 

Caption: Ivana Trump, Eric Trump, her former husband Donald Trump and her daughter Ivanka Trump in 1998. (Getty)

Eric attended The Hill School, a strict boarding school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. 

Caption: Ivana Trump and Eric Trump in 1996. (Getty)

Eric attended Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He is the only one of the adult Trump siblings that did not attend their father's alma mater University of Pennsylvania. 

Caption: Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump (Reuters) 

Eric is a reality tv star just like his father. He has made appearances alongside the president-elect on The Apprentice as a boardroom judge from 2010-2015. 

Caption: Donald Trump (C) and his sons Eric F. Trump (L) and Donald Trump Jr. (R) attend the 'Celebrity Apprentice All Stars' Season 13 Press Conference in 2012. (Getty)

Eric Trump married his wife Laura in 2014. She is a producer for CBS' Inside Edition. 

Instagram caption: "Amazing that our anniversary is also Election Day! Happy anniversary @laraleatrump 🇺🇸🇺🇸"

Eric founded the Eric Trump Foundation when he was 23-years-old. The charity aims at raising money for children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The organization's website says they have "donated and pledged nearly $30 million dollars to St. Jude."

Instagram caption: "So proud of our @erictrumpfdn Road Scholar truck! It's dedicated to the children of @stjude"

Eric runs the Trump Organization's golf courses. Since joining the organization in 2013, Eric increased the number of international golf courses from three to 17.

Instagram caption: "Beautiful day to play at Trump National Jupiter @larayunaska"

While speaking on the campaign trail in October, Eric Trump mistakenly introduced then-vice presidential candidate Mike Pence as the Governor of Illinois. Pence is the governor of Indiana. The 32-year-old chalked it up to a slip of the tongue. 

Caption: Vice President-elect, Indiana Governor Mike Pence (C) is greeted by Eric Trump (R), son of President-elect Donald Trump. (Getty)

Eric made headlines on Election day after he tweeted a photo of his ballot while voting for his dad. The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before garnering over 3,000 retweets and over 8,000 likes. 

It is illegal in New York to share a photo of your election ballot.


"We have no projects in Russia," he added. "If we had projects in Russia, you'd have our name on those projects. We're not exactly bashful about hiding our name. We like having our name on our buildings, including Trump Tower."

Eric Trump also blasted Democrats who have suggested potential business ties between Trump companies and Russia. Apparently referring to Russian hacks of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta's email, Eric said party leaders should take greater precautions with cybersecurity to avoid hacks.

"Their party lost an election and they needed to try and put someone else down. And there's zero truth behind it," he said. "I'd like to see that party take an inward look at themselves. Maybe the leaders of that party shouldn't be making the password to their computers 'password,' maybe start there. It's maddening."

Eric Trump's comments came as congressional and intelligence-community inquiries continue into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump's business ties to Russia have faced heightened scrutiny amid revelations of top Trump campaign figures' cozy relationships with Russian officials, which some have been reluctant to disclose.

Despite numerous attempts to build hotels in Russia, the Trumps indeed do not own any real-estate properties in the country. The majority of Trump's known ties include work with Russian financiers and developers on various projects in the US, as well as some of his top campaign aides' consultations with Kremlin allies.

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