Harris makes Trump’s taxes an issue during debate

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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisFive takeaways from the vice presidential debate Harris accuses Trump of promoting voter suppression Pence targets Biden over ISIS hostages, brings family of executed aid worker to debate MORE (D-Calif.) raised the issue of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the vice presidential debate Harris accuses Trump of promoting voter suppression Pence targets Biden over ISIS hostages, brings family of executed aid worker to debate MORE‘s tax returns during Wednesday’s vice presidential debate, in an effort to contrast Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the vice presidential debate Harris accuses Trump of promoting voter suppression Pence targets Biden over ISIS hostages, brings family of executed aid worker to debate MORE with Trump on the issue of transparency.

When moderator Susan Page asked Harris, Biden’s running mate, about whether voters have a right to know more detailed information about a presidential candidate’s health, Harris replied, “absolutely,” adding that the former vice president has been more transparent than Trump on health records and taxes.

Harris brought up a recent New York Times investigation that said Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. She also mentioned that the Times article reported that Trump has about $400 million in debt, saying it’s important for the public to know to whom Trump owes money.

“The American people have a right to know what is influencing the president’s decisions, and is he making those decisions in the best interest of the American people, of you, or self interest,” Harris said.

Trump’s most recent financial disclosure report names creditors including Deutsche Bank and Ladder Capital Finance. But Democrats have argued that Trump’s financial disclosures may not give the full picture, and have raised concerns that the president’s considerable debt could pose a national

Trump Is Asked About Taxes in Debate

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Trump Is Asked About Taxes in Debate

In the presidential debate, Joseph R. Biden Jr. asked President Trump about his tax returns after a recent report revealed that he had paid only $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017.

“Is it true that you paid $750 in federal income taxes each of those two years?” “I’ve paid millions of dollars in taxes, millions of dollars of income tax. And let me just tell you, there was a story in one of the papers, I paid —” “Show us your tax returns.” “I paid $38 million one year. I paid $27 million —” “Show us your tax returns.” “The tax code that made him, that put him in a position that he pays less tax than a schoolteacher, on the money a schoolteacher makes, is because of him taking — he says he’s smart because he can take advantage of the tax code, and he does take advantage of the tax code. That’s why I’m going to eliminate the Trump tax cuts.” “Good.” “And we’re going to, I’m going to eliminate those tax cuts —” “OK.” “— and make sure that we invest in the people who in fact need the help. People out there need help.” “But why didn’t you do it over 20, the last 25 years?” “Because you weren’t — because you weren’t president screwing things up.” “You were a senator —” “You’re the worst president America’s ever had.”

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