Menendez rips Trump over taxes: He’s a liar, a fraud, & potential national security liability

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U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) ripped President Donald Trump (R) over recent New York Times reports detailing his tax returns, calling him a liar, a fraud, and a potential natural security liability.

“For years, the president has fought to keep Americans in the dark. Now we know why. He is a liar, a fraud, and a failed businessman so deep in the red he’s a potential national security liability,” Menendez said on the Senate floor today.

The senator’s remarks and demands for answers came in response to a series of New York Times reports, beginning Sunday, that lay out Trump’s tax records.

In 11 out of 18 years between 2000 to 2017, Trump did not pay any federal income taxes, and only and only paid $750 total in both 2016 and 2017, the NYT wrote. The same series accuses the president of being over $400 million in debt.

“For years, he marketed himself as a self-made, successful businessman. But it’s all an illusion. Like the Wizard of Oz, behind the curtain is just a small, petty fraud,” Menendez added.

“He made millions playing a billionaire businessman on TV. But in real life, Trump was racking up huge losses and debts that he then used to get out of paying his fair share of federal taxes. Call it tax avoidance, call it tax evasion, call it whatever you want. The bottom line is that Trump is no business genius. He’s a con artist who thinks the rules don’t apply to him.”

Trump, who will have his first televised presidential debate with Joe Biden this evening at 9 p.m., has pushed back against the NYT, claiming that they used “illegally obtained information,” that he has paid millions in taxes, and is entitled to tax credits – just like anyone else.

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