Fox News host Bret Baier pressed Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday to clarify President Donald Trump’s contradicting explanations dismissing a bombshell New York Times investigation claiming that he has not paid income taxes in ten of the past 15 years and only paid $750 in some years.
“It feels like the same-old, same-old,” Pence said, shaking his head when Baier noted that Democratic candidate Joe Biden intends to hit Trump about report during Tuesday night’s debate. “These same issues and allegations came up in 2016.”
“The president has dismissed The New York Times report as false,” Pence remarked.
“I just want to press you on that,” Baier pushed back. “You know, the president said that it was all fake news — ‘totally fake news,’ in his words.”
Braier then displayed a tweet from the president which claimed that the documents behind the New York Times report had been obtained by illegal means, suggesting that the allegations are true.
“So which is it?” Baier asked, “a totally fake news story or illegally obtained documents that were real?”
“Let me just say, I remember, Bret, you know, this came up four years ago,” Pence responded.
“The American people know that when you create the kinds of businesses Donald Trump created, you literally pay tens of millions of dollars in state and local taxes,” the vice president asserted. “That speaks for itself.”