The Better Business Bureau is firing back against Donald Trump and "a number of inaccurate reports that continued to be repeated" related to the Republican presidential front-runner's now-defunct Trump University.
In a lengthy statement released Tuesday by the BBB, the organization said it "did not send a document of any kind to the Republican debate site last Thursday" despite Trump's claim that his campaign received a fax from the BBB during the GOP debate confirming Trump University's "A+ rating." A video captured by Independent Journal Review showed Trump handing a faxed document to the three debate moderators during a commercial break.
"The document presented to debate moderators did not come from BBB that night," the organization said Tuesday. "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 BBB noted.
According to the organization, Trump University received it's lowest rating (D-) from the bureau in 2010 after "multiple customer complaints" were filed while the business "appeared to be active in the marketplace." Shortly after the university began "winding down" in 2013, its rating began to increase due to the absence of any new complaints.
"Complaints over three years old automatically rolled off of the Business Review, according to BBB policy," the organization noted. "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." Now that Trump's education initiative no longer exists, the BBB has changed its status to "no rating."
The bureau also confirmed Tuesday that it never accredited Trump University, noting that in order be accredited, a business must demonstrate "a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints."
Trump has repeatedly been targeted by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio over pending lawsuits involving Trump University. While the billionaire claims he could have settled two separate cases "very easily," a four-judge appellate court panel ruled last week that a $40 million lawsuit against Trump, filed in 2013 by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, can move forward.
"It [was] a bait and switch scheme," Schneiderman said of Trump University during an appearance on CNN last Friday. "[Trump] did ads saying my hand-picked instructors will teach you my personal secrets. You just copy what I did and get rich."
"If you tell people we're going to teach you Donald Trump's secrets, and he never had any part in writing the curriculum, that's fraud," Schneiderman said.