HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – When challenged by his opponent over his allegedly having paid zero income taxes, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said “that makes me smart.”
“First, maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is. Second, maybe he’s not as charitable as he claims to be. Third, we don’t know all of his business dealings but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to Wall Street and foreign banks,” Hillary Clinton said Monday night at the pair’s first presidential debate at Hofstra University.
She was responding to Trump saying he would release his tax returns when she released emails deleted from a private server she used while acting as secretary of state.
“Or maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes,” she added. “Because the only years that anybody’s ever seen were the couple of years shown he had to turn them over…to get a casino license and they showed, he paid no income tax.”
“That makes me smart,” Trump said.