Speed Reads

2020 presidential debate

Trump refuses to answer Chris Wallace's very clear question about his taxes

President Trump successfully blew off a yes or no question about his taxes.

The New York Times' report showing Trump constantly avoided paying federal income taxes was sure to come up in Tuesday's 2020 presidential debate. Indeed, moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump to verify if he only paid $750 in income taxes in 2016 and 2017, but didn't really get an answer.

Despite Wallace making sure to note Trump's businesses likely paid taxes in those years, and that Trump paid taxes other years, Trump still avoided the moderator's actual question and said "I paid millions of dollars in taxes." Biden countered with a shout of "show us your tax returns," and Trump falsely insisted for the umpteenth time he couldn't release his tax returns because he's under an IRS audit. Even after Wallace repeated his question, Trump didn't answer.

Watch Trump's whole non-response below. Kathryn Krawczyk