Sarah Huckabee Sanders: NYT Tax Expose Showed Trump's Father Had A Lot Of "Confidence" In Him

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From Wednesday's White House press briefing with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders:

QUESTION: The New York Times reported yesterday that the president had engaged in outright tax fraud throughout the '90s with suspect tax schemes and, you know, basically getting more money from his parents than he said, using thousands of documents. You rebutted the story.

Could -- could you explain what is inaccurate about that story, if there's anything that is actually inaccurate about it?



SANDERS: So, a totally false attack based on an old recycled news story. I'm not going to sit and go through every single line of a very boring 14,000-word story.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

SANDERS: The only thing -- I will say one thing the article did get right was that it showed that the president's father actually had a great deal of confidence in him. In fact, the president brought his father into a lot of deals. They made a lot of money together; so much so that his father went on to say that everything he touched turned to gold.

The president's lawyer addressed some of the specific claims and walked through how the allegations of fraud and tax evasion are 100 percent false and highly defamatory. There was no fraud or tax evasion by anyone. He went on much further, and I would encourage you to read every word of his statement, which completely undercuts the accusations made by the New York Times.

QUESTION: Are the president's taxes still under audit?

SANDERS: I know that a number of his taxes are still under audit.

QUESTION: (inaudible) from the '90s and early 2000s, are those as well (ph)?

SANDERS: I'd have to -- I can get back to you.

Cecilia?

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) Would the White House be willing to provide any of his tax returns?

SANDERS: I'm not aware of any plans to do so.


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