“It’s fake news,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Sunday. “It’s totally fake news. Made up, fake. We went through the same stories, you could have asked me the same questions four years ago, I had to litigate this and had to talk about it. Totally fake news.”
“Actually, I paid tax. And you’ll see that as soon as my tax returns – it’s under audit, they’ve been under audit for a long time, the IRS does not treat me well, they treat me like the Tea Party, like they treated the Tea Party, and they don’t treat me well,” he continued. “They treat me very badly. You have people in the IRS that treat me very, very badly. But they’re under audit. And when they’re not, I would be proud to show you. But that’s just fake news.”
The Times reports that Trump paid zero in income taxes in ten of 15 years before he was elected president in 2016. It says that Trump is battling the IRS over the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax return that he obtained after declaring major losses.