Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump’s son, Eric, told CNN late Tuesday that his father pays a “tremendous amount of tax.” The 32-year-old businessman, however, seemed to be referring to Trump Corporation paying its taxes and not the ones paid by his father.
The younger Trump was asked in the interview about his father paying federal taxes following a New York Times report, which revealed that the real estate mogul lost nearly $916 million in 1995 thanks to which he may have avoided paying taxes for almost two decades.
In the interview, CNN’s Dana Bash asked Eric Trump, “There’s a lot of talk tonight about federal income taxes. Can you just put this to rest? Has your father paid federal income taxes?”
“We pay a tremendous amount of taxes,” he replied.
“Federal income taxes? My question is has he paid federal income taxes over the last 18 years?” Bash probed.
“Yes, absolutely, my father pays a tremendous amount of tax and we as a company hire a tremendous amount of people (which) leads to people being able to care for their children and families,” Trump responded.
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Bash commented during the interview that the younger Trump possessed the ability to pivot quite well before asking him if he had personally seen the 71-year-old’s tax returns.
“My father pays a tremendous amount of tax, as a company, as a company we pay a tremendous amount of tax and goes so far beyond federal income taxes. How about real estate taxes? How about employment taxes? How about sales tax? How about every other type of tax that goes into that? We pay a tremendous amount of tax as a company that is very very very different than Hillary Clinton who has lived off the government for the last 40 years,” Trump said.
Since 1976, every major party presidential nominee has made their tax returns public. Trump has yet to release his tax returns. Although, there is no law stating presidential candidates must do so, Trump’s rival former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released almost 40 years’ worth of tax returns. Even Trump’s running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, released 10 years’ worth of tax returns.