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Trump Denies NYT Report With Claim He Paid Millions in Taxes

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Confronted on the debate stage over an explosive report detailing his chronic avoidance of federal taxes, President Donald Trump denied the findings, repeatedly insisting that he paid “millions of dollars” in taxes to the federal government.

After denying the allegations in a lengthy New York Times story published on Sunday—which drew on two decades of unreported Trump tax records which the paper obtained—Trump sought to repurpose his intricate tax strategy as an indictment of Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s long record on economic policy.

“Before I came here, I was a private developer, I was a private business people, like every other private person, unless they’re stupid, they go through the laws and that’s what it is,” said Trump, echoing his past comments about how “smart” businessmen take advantage of the U.S. tax code.

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