Trump Jr. denies report claiming family acquired land in rural Tennessee

President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks before hosting a lunch with Senate Republicans in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

UPDATE: Donald Trump Jr. denies his family took part in a real estate deal in rural Tennessee.

According to a tweet, the president's son stated, "we love Tennessee and it’s incredible people, but this is not true."

When asked by a WCYB reporter if he had gifted the land or if the Trump family had bought it, property owner Philip Henard stated he would not disclose that information.


HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. (WCYB) -- A Hawkins County property owner approached President Donald Trump's representatives about owning land there. Now, the deal is done, and he has the deed to prove it.

WCYB talked to Philip Henard, who owns land in the Grandview Estates area of Hawkins County.

He told WCYB he thought it would be interesting if he could sell part of this land to the Trump family.

The deed said the Trump organization, Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump and Donald Trump Jr. and wife Vanessa Trump now own lot number 40.

It's a one-acre lot on Arrington Road.

According to state real estate assessment data, the land market value for that lot is $7,800.

The deed was signed on Friday, but Henard said the deal has been in the works for about a year.

"Been exciting and after it took a place it's been a whirlwind since then," Henard said.

We also talked to residents who say they hope this deal will encourage others to come to Northeast Tennessee to buy land.

If you're wondering what the Trump's plans are for this land, Henard said he has no idea.

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