President Trump ignored every pressing topic Monday as he welcomed one of his favorite things to the White House.
The New York Times dropped a bombshell report Sunday evening revealing Trump leveraged business losses to avoid paying taxes for years, as well as using other dubious financial strategies to lower his tax bills. Trump denied the report in a Sunday press conference, and on Monday, avoided questions about his tax returns altogether as he praised an electric pick-up truck.
The White House unexpectedly called reporters to the South Lawn on Monday, where they found Trump inspecting a Lordstown Motors 2021 electric pick-up truck. "We've all done a good job," Trump said after praising the truck's manufacturers, and then, out of nowhere, said "it's hotter now than it was before, and that's something really different." But before he could get too close to acknowledging fossil fuels' role in warming the Earth, he pivoted to call the truck "an incredible piece of science" and implied electrification is sure to "happen with more and more trucks and cars." He then walked away to reporters shouting "can you say anything about the tax returns?" and "when are you going to release them?"
MOMENTS AGO: President Trump leaves truck event, not answering as reporter yells: "Can you say anything about the TAX RETURNS, Mr. President? When are you going to RELEASE THEM?" pic.twitter.com/b1ZNJ5rLRa
It's far from the first time Trump has brought trucks to the White House, though they're usually a bit bigger than this one. And as The Washington Post has reported, it's something his advisers will do to cheer the president up when he's "inconsolable." Kathryn Krawczyk
President Trump might not have time to watch TV, but he certainly has time to play fireman. On Monday afternoon outside the White House, while Vice President Mike Pence looked on, Trump hopped up in the driver's seat of a parked fire truck. "Where's the fire? I'll put it out," Trump said as he waved to onlookers. He also reportedly said that the truck was "beautiful."
The fire truck was one of many props parked at the White House on Monday for the Made In America Showcase, an event marking the beginning of the Trump administration's "Made In America" week. Later, Trump and Pence delivered speeches before a backdrop of American-made soda, guitars, cowboy hats, and baskets. Becca Stanek