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Trump campaign says $6M raised for veterans was overstated

Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, left, awards a $100,000 check to a veterans charity during a campaign event at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa, U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016.
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Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, left, awards a $100,000 check to a veterans charity during a campaign event at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa, U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016.

Donald Trump's campaign says the $6 million that he previously announced having raised for veterans is incorrect, the Washington Post reported.

The amount raised at a televised fundraiser in January was actually about $4.5 million, campaign manager Corey Lewandowski just told the Washington Post. At the end of the program that night, Trump announced: "We just cracked $6 million, right? Six million."

Lewandowski told the Post the shortfall was due to donors backing out.

"There were some individuals who he'd spoken to, who were going to write large checks, [who] for whatever reason . . . didn't do it," Lewandowski told the Washington Post in a telephone interview. "I can't tell you who."

This is apparently the first acknowledgement that the fundraiser raised less than the candidate said. Lewandowski said he did not know if a $1 million donation from Trump was counted as part of the $4.5 million, according to the Post.

Read the Washington Post's entire report