Evangelist Franklin Graham has defended Donald Trump's legacy after Forbes reported that the former president's wealth fell by nearly a third during his four years in the White House.
Trump had "bogged down his presidency with ethics issues for years, while also missing a chance to cash in on a market boom he helped propel," the Forbes report stated.
Graham, who has been a vocal defender of the former president, defended Trump over the news, saying that his wealth declined because he put "America first, not his own interests."
"This report says President Trump also dropped about $1 billion in wealth during those four years while he served. Donald Trump became president not to make money or to put his hand in the till, but to do his best to preserve the great things about this nation for future generations.
"He put America first, not his own interests. I’ve never seen anyone work harder."
Trump's business holdings and financial activities through his business career were the subject of widespread scrutiny from his political opponents during his presidency as they sought to impeach the former president. He faced multiple allegations that he had violated the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prevents any “person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them” from accepting “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title ... from any King, Prince, or foreign State."