Kingsport Times-News: Trump Organization denies any knowledge of Hawkins land deal

Trump Organization denies any knowledge of Hawkins land deal

Jeff Bobo • Dec 12, 2017 at 9:15 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A spokesperson for President Donald Trump told the Times-News Tuesday neither the president nor anyone in his organization or family know anything about land being deeded to the Trumps in Hawkins County.

That seems to be at odds with what Rogersville businessman Philip Henard told the Times-News Monday.

Last week, Henard quitclaimed about an acre located west of Rogersville near the Cherokee Raceway Park drag strip to President Trump and the Trump family. 

The remote Grandview subdivision where that acre is located is mostly undeveloped, and the tract identified in the Trump quitclaim deed is assessed at $7,800.

On Monday, Henard answered several Times-News questions about the Trump land transfer and indicated that the Trump Organization was a willing participant in the deal.

Q: “You’ve had contact with the Trumps since you came up with this idea?”

A: “Not personally, but with some agents of theirs.”

Q: “What was their response to your idea?”

A: “To try to put things together and pursue it. They were for it.”

Q: “Through your agent you’ve been in touch with the Trump family, and they know about this, and they agree to accept the land?”

A: “Yes sir.”

On Tuesday, the Times-News made contact via email with Trump Organization Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications Amanda Miller as well as the Trump Organization press relations department, Trump Press.

The Times-News asked if the Trump family or any of the president’s representatives have any knowledge of the Hawkins County land transfer and if anyone in the Trump Organization has been in discussion with Mr. Henard about this land transfer.

The response was a single sentence.

“Neither The Trump Organization nor any individual Trump family member has anything to do with this.”

Multiple attempts Tuesday to contact Henard for comment about the Trump response were unsuccessful.                                                

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