38 million dollars paid by Trump in taxes in 2015. Is the news real or fake?
The president is the most discussed political figure in the world. A reporter announced that in 2015, he paid 38 million dollars in American taxes… but is it really true?
Despite the fact that the news may sound fake, it looks like it’s authentic.
As a matter of fact, a White House spokesperson claimed:
“You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago.”
They then added:
“Mr. Trump paid $38 million dollars even after taking into account large scale depreciation for construction, on an income of more than $150 million dollars, as well as paying tens of millions of dollars in other taxes such as sales and excise taxes and employment taxes and this illegally published return proves just that.”
Rachel Maddow is the name of the woman who posted all the information about Trump’s payments and income. Apparently, the president reported a $105 million write-down in business losses, in order for him to save millions of dollars by claiming them.
So, this seems like one of the few cases where something unofficial regarding a political figure, is not a fake news.
Anyway, Trump tweeted that the news was indeed fake and that an unknown reporter could not have had any access to such private information.
We do have to take into consideration that it’s extremely common for public figures to be involved in fake news that are posted and shared online just to increase the popularity and the consequential media attention of a particular site. Every news on the Internet has to be analyzed before actually being sure about their reliability.
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