Donald Trump's defense requests a 30-day delay in the payment of the $355 million fine for the fraud trial


The defense of former U.S. President Donald Trump (2017-2021) requested on Wednesday that a judge in New York postpone the payment of the $355 million that the Republican must pay for his role in various cases of fraud in his family business.

The lawyers for the former president asked Judge Arthur Engoron, who issued the sentence against Trump last week, to delay the implementation of the verdict for 30 days. The judgment itself already grants a one-month period for the Republican to pay the fine, as stated in a court document.

New York Attorney General Letitia James, who filed the civil lawsuit against Trump, his two eldest sons, and two former executives of the Trump Organization for inflating asset figures to gain advantages with insurers and banks, has threatened to seize his assets if the former president does not pay the money.

Some U.S. media outlets have speculated in recent days that the businessman might be forced to sell some of his properties to pay the fine.

Trump has already announced that he will appeal the court's decision, which he labels as fraud.

In addition to the fine, the former president will not be able to operate any business in New York for the next three years. The prosecution had sought a lifetime ban in the real estate sector in the state.

On February 17, one day after the judge imposed the multimillion-dollar fine on the Republican candidate, Trump announced the launch of a sports shoe brand.

The Republican made a surprise appearance at a tennis congress in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), where he introduced the "Never Surrender" model, golden footwear with details of the U.S. flag, the letter T from his last name, and a price tag of $399.