US President Donald Trump finds himself on the defensive Monday to respond to the dangerous data revealed by the American New York Times about his tax status, on the eve of the debate with his opponent, Joe Biden, in which Trump must do well if he aspires to compensate for his decline in the polls.
The New York Times reported that the billionaire president paid only $ 750 in income taxes in 2016, the same year he won the presidential election.
This disclosure is extremely important because the issue of Trump’s tax declarations was at the heart of a fierce battle, after the Republican president abandoned the presidential traditions adopted since the 1970s by refusing to publish his tax revenues, unlike all of his predecessors.
At a press conference Sunday evening, Trump reflected the image of a frustrated and anxious president six weeks before the presidential election.
In the event that Trump is defeated in the election, he will be the first president not to be re-elected in more than a quarter of a century, that is, since the defeat of George Bush Sr. to Bill Clinton in 1992.
Beyond the tax debate, the New York Times article paints the scene of a debt-ridden real estate group, further shaking Trump’s image as a successful businessman.
Trump has always boasted of his “success” in the business world, using that as an electoral argument, praising his talents as a negotiator and his “intuition” in the field.
“His financial condition is tense, with operating losses and hundreds of billions of dollars in debt that he personally guaranteed,” the newspaper wrote.
Despite denouncing what he described as “fake news,” Trump refrained from denying or confirming the financial data that has become publicly available, attacking the media.
“My father paid tens of millions of dollars in taxes,” his son, Donald Jr., told Fox News Monday morning, especially about local taxes.
What adds to the president’s anxiety is the stability in the polls that put his opponent, Joe Biden, in the lead.
In the latest poll by the Washington Post and ABC, former Representative Barack Obama advanced ten points nationally (53% versus 43% for Trump), roughly equal to what he recorded in August, before the two party conferences.
The difference is smaller in the main states that may determine the outcome of the election, but Biden remains in the lead, especially in Wisconsin, which Republicans won in 2016.
On Monday afternoon, the president speaks from the White House lawn about the Covid-19 epidemic, an issue that has not been addressed much since the number of deaths in the United States exceeded 200,000 cases.
On the other hand, the Democratic candidate’s agenda is not on any public appearance.
The president is expected to continue to show off his selection of Conservative Judge Amy Connie Barrett on Saturday to the Supreme Court, who is known for her traditional religious stance.
He expected “swift” support for the appointment by the Senate, where his Republican camp dominates.
As Tuesday night’s debate approaches, his strategy raises questions, with his message unclear.
While he always mocks the health and mental condition of his democratic opponent, he confirms that the latter has more chances in the next debate due to 47 years of political experience.
At the end of the week, he made a strange request for Biden to be tested for doping.
This is not the first time that he does so, and his strategy in this regard is not new and does not seem to be linked to his opponent directly.
Four years ago, he asked the same thing for his rival Hillary Clinton.