Donald Trump claims he's the victim of a 'crooked' judge after being hit with a $354.9 million fine

Donald Trump has slammed Judge Arthur Engoron after his fraud trial in New York.



Donald Trump claims he's the victim of a "crooked" judge after being hit with a $354.9 million fine.

The former US President was fined the eye-watering sum of money and banned from running businesses in New York for three years, after Trump was deemed to have inflated his wealth on statements given to financial institutions in order to secure loans.

In response to the verdict, Trump said: "A New York just just ruled - and he's as crooked as you can get - and a lot of people expected something like this, but not for that amount. But this is a very dishonest man, this a man who has been overturned already on this case four times ... But a crooked New York state judge just ruled that I have to pay a fine of $355 million for ... having built a perfect company."

Trump, 77, also suggested that the ruling - which was delivered by Judge Arthur Engoron - won't hamper his aspirations of returning to the White House.

He said: "If I weren't running, none of this stuff would have ever happened. None of these lawsuits would have ever happened ... nothing. I would have had a nice life. But I enjoy this life for a different reason - we're going to make America great again."

Alina Habba, Trump's lawyer, previously slammed the verdict, describing it as a "manifest injustice" and a "politically fuelled witch hunt".

In a statement, Habba said: "It is the culmination of a multi-year, politically fuelled witch hunt that was designed to 'take down Donald Trump,' before Letitia James ever stepped foot into the Attorney General's office."