White House says report of Trump's alleged tax fraud actually just shows that 'everything he touches turns to gold'

Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
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A bombshell report by The New York Times showed that President Trump may have engaged in fraud to maximize his collected wealth from his father's real estate business. Both Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed the story as merely "boring" on Wednesday.

Sanders called the report a "totally false attack based on an old recycled news story." When asked what, specifically, was false, Sanders dodged. "I'm not going to sit and go through every single line of a very boring 14,000-word story," she said. She said the one thing the article did get right about Trump is that his father, Fred Trump, "had a great deal of confidence in him ... his father went on to say that 'everything [Trump] touched turned to gold.'"

She insisted that the claims in the story had already been shown to be completely inaccurate and "defamatory," but did not expand on any particular portion of the story that was untrue. Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey asked whether Trump's tax returns are still under audit, since Trump said that was the reason he couldn't make them public while running for office. "A number of his taxes" still are, said Sanders, noting that he still doesn't have "any plans" to release his returns. Watch the moment below, via ABC News. Summer Meza

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