US Presidential Debate 2020: Trump Admitted He Doesn’t “Want To Pay Tax
US President Trump said that he paid “millions of dollars in taxes” but declined to reveal the exact amount during the first presidential debate.
The US President has been facing backlash over a New York Times report that claimed Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years. The report further said that Trump paid only $750 in federal taxes the year he was elected and $750 again in his first year in the White House.
Fox News moderator Chris Wallace asked the Trump about the report which he had earlier dismissed as “totally fake news.” Trump said that he attempted to avoid taxes, admitting he doesn’t “want to pay tax”.
Earlier this month, Trump urged the federal court of appeals to block the enforcement of a "dragnet" subpoena by Manhattan's top prosecutor for his tax returns.
According to media reports, Trump's lawyers told the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in NY that the lower court judge erred in giving green light to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance for obtaining the tax records to advance a criminal probe into his businesses. Trump has been resisting the subpoena for more than a year and seeking absolute immunity from criminal probe while he remains in the White House.