Donald Trump said Wednesday he will never return to Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, where he has been embroiled in a legal dispute over unpaid taxes.
Trump has repeatedly said he will be unable to pay his bills because of his lawsuit against the New York State Golf Association and the federal government.
The president’s decision comes as the golf course is expected to face a lawsuit by an organization that represents residents of Westchester.
The Trump National Club in Wescott, New York, is in the midst of a legal battle with the federal agency that manages its properties.
The group said the president has failed to pay $1.9 million in taxes on his golf properties, including the courses in West Virginia and Georgia.
Trump, who was in Westwood, New Jersey, on Wednesday, said he has a debt of $3.6 million for taxes and fees he owes to the federal tax agency.
He also said he would cancel the other two courses in the region, Trump National Doral in Miami and Trump National Florida, citing his “unlimited” ability to pay.
Trump said he “absolutely” will not be returning to the Trump National Course in West Palm Beach, Florida, where the golf club is located.
“I would have to pay a huge amount of taxes to pay my fair share,” he said.
“There are no excuses.”
In a statement, the golf association said it was “aware of the president’s remarks and is in communication with the government” on the matter.
It added that Trump’s statements “are incorrect and inconsistent with our past actions as the government has consistently protected taxpayers.”
Trump, in his statement Wednesday, called the lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union a “total charade.”
He said the case is not about the president.
“The president’s position is that he has the right to build a golf course anywhere he wants in the United States of America, and that is the basis of his suit,” he wrote.
The golf association is one of two organizations representing Westchester residents in the case.
The other is the American Red Cross.
The two groups are expected to meet on Thursday to decide on a final settlement.
Trump’s golf courses have been in Westfield, Florida; Deerfield Beach, New Hampshire; and Westchester, New Mexico, since 2009.
The New York Times first reported that the president was seeking to cancel the courses, saying he had filed the lawsuit to try to avoid paying federal taxes.
The federal lawsuit has been ongoing since April, when a judge ordered the two sides to reach a settlement.
A judge has not yet approved a final resolution.
The lawsuit is similar to one filed by a group of people who claim that the Trump organization is failing to pay taxes on their homes in Palm Beach County, Florida.
The Palm Beach-Boca Raton-based American Red Flag Society filed a similar lawsuit last year against the Trump Organization, saying it owed the group $1 million in unpaid taxes and other fees.
The judge has set a trial date for Sept. 15, 2019.