唐纳德·特朗普在第一次辩论中对他的税收回答犯了一个大错误

In the wake of the bombshell New York Times report over the weekend that revealed just how little Donald Trump has paid in federal income taxes over the past two decades, the President and his top aides condemned the story as “假新闻,” but were very careful not to say exactly 什么 was incorrect or offer any specifics of their own to rebut the piece.

That changed on Tuesday night, when under pressure from moderator Chris Wallace, Trump said something that may come to regret. Here’s the exchange:
华莱士: … I’m asking you a question. Will you tell us how much you paid in federal income taxes in 2016 和 2017?
王牌: Millions of dollars.
    华莱士: You paid millions of dollars?
    王牌: Millions of dollars, 是.
    华莱士: So not $ 750?
    王牌: Millions of dollars and you’ll get to see itand you’ll get to see it.
    What Trump did there is directly deny (on tape!) the reporting from The New York Times that he paid just $ 750 in federal income taxes in 2016 和 2017. And he actually did more than that. He insisted he paid “百万美元” in federal income taxes.

    那是 非常 different than what Trump has said in the pastand in the last few days following the Times reportabout his taxes.
    He’s repeatedly insisted that he pays lot of taxes. But that sort of vague language allows him to include state income tax as well as assorted other taxesSocial Security, 医疗保险, investment income, 等等. — 那, for someone with Trump’s wealth, could actually total millions of dollars. And that fuzzy language also allows Trump to dispute the Times story as fake without engaging with its central premise: That he paid little (or no) federal income tax for the vast majority of the last two decades.
    But by saying unequivocally, that he has paid “百万美元” in federal income taxes, Trump is directly disputing the Times report. 但这是东西: The Times has the receipts. 从字面上看.
    The New York Times has obtained tax-return data extending over more than two decades for Mr. Trump and the hundreds of companies that make up his business organization, including detailed information from his first two years in office,” wrote the story’s authors in their first piece about Trump’s taxes.
    现在, it’s not at all clear whether (or if) the Times would release any of the data they have on Trump’s returns. As they note in their initial story:
    All of the information The Times obtained was provided by sources with legal access to it. While most of the tax data has not previously been made public, The Times was able to verify portions of it by comparing it with publicly available information and confidential records previously obtained by The Times.
    And we know that Trump won’t release his own returns despite his insistence on Tuesday night (and throughout his presidency) 那 “you’ll get to see it.Trump also continues to hide behind the claim that he can’t release his tax returns because he is under audit. That is false. We also know that Trump will fight tooth-and-nail any attempt by the Times (or anyone else) to release them.
      Regardless, Trump has now boxed himself into a very small corner. Either he paid “百万” in federal income taxes in 2016 和 2017 (as he claimed on Tuesday night) or he has paid $ 750 in each of those years (as the Times has reported.) Both statements can’t be true.
      Know how Trump could straighten all of this out? By releasing his 2016 和 2017 报税表. That he not only refuses to do but has unleashed a massive legal assault on any attempts to get those records should tell you everything you need to know about which side is likely telling the truth here.

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