Former Republican senator and political commentator Rick Santorum on Monday, Sept. 28, suggested that The New York Times story on President Donald Trump’s tax returns was false.
The Times reported Sunday that President Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes for both 2016 and 2017, and he paid little or no taxes for 10 of the last 15 years because he lost more money than he made.
The Times wrote that they had obtained the president’s tax return data for the past two decades.
However, they admitted that their data does not include his personal returns for 2018 or 2019.
The outlet refused to release documents supporting their accusations of President Trump’s tax avoidance.
During an interview on CNN’s “New Day” morning show, Santorum, who has endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, came to President Trump’s defense.
He said that if the president “is losing money, he shouldn’t be paying taxes,” reported Daily Caller.
“And by the way, The New York Times refuses to share the information with Trump. They’re refusing to show that they in fact have those documents.”
The Trump campaign “Santorum added before being interrupted by host Alisyn Camerota who appeared shocked at his comments. “So are you … are you doubting whether The New York Times is really reporting on this? Is that what you’re saying?” Camerota asked.
“I’m not sure you want to go there with The New York Times,” he responded, arguing, “How many Russian stories turned out to be not only not true, but the reverse of what we’re now finding out about was going on in the FBI?”
President Trump called the report “fake news” and said he “paid many millions of dollars in taxes but was entitled, like everyone else, to depreciation & tax credits.”
He added that when his tax returns are released, it will be clear that he does pay taxes.
…..Also, if you look at the extraordinary assets owned by me, which the Fake News hasn’t, I am extremely under leveraged – I have very little debt compared to the value of assets. Much of this information is already on file, but I have long said that I may release….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2020
Santorum praised Biden’s debate “acumen” in an op-ed for CNN on Monday night, saying that he expected Biden “to bring his ‘A’ game.”
“I know firsthand that he possesses performance skills necessary to succeed in Tuesday’s debate,” Santorum wrote.
“As someone who worked alongside Biden in the United States Senate, almost always on opposing sides of our nation’s most critical issues, I can affirm that he would not have risen into Democratic leadership if he did not hold the skills necessary to succeed on Tuesday night’s stage.”
— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) September 28, 2020
Santorum also lauded President Trump’s ‘bravado,’ his records of a strong economy, and his “most impressive accomplishments” by nominating more than 200 constitutionalists to the federal bench.
“It is my hope that Trump will remind American voters why he ran for president in the first place—to fight for the men and women of this nation, the blue-collar families that have been forgotten time and time again by our national policymakers.”
If he does, he can defeat Biden on Tuesday and reset the presidential race heading down the home stretch,” he concluded.