White House reveals Trump paid $38 million in income tax over a decade ago

In the past, U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to release information about his tax returns. However, shortly before MSNBC's Rachel Maddow planned to release two pages from his 2005 tax returns, the White House said in an official statement that Trump paid $38 million in income tax that year.
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The White House revealed yesterday evening (Tuesday) that U.S. President Donald Trump earned more than $150,000 million in 2005 and paid $38 million in income tax. The White House revealed this information after an MSNBC host claimed to have two pages from his 2005 tax returns and announced that she plans to release the information on Tuesday night.

“Before being elected President, Mr. Trump was one of the most successful businessmen in the world with a responsibility to his company, his family and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required,” the White House said in a statement.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow tweeted that she received two pages of Trump’s 2005 tax returns. “You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago,” a White House official said in a statement in response to the tweet.

Tax reporter David Johnston was the guest on Maddow’s Tuesday night show. Johnston obtained the documents via email. The White House did not release the actual documents that back up the figures that were released. However, the documents that Maddow released match the White House’s official statement.

In January, Trump’s top adviser Kellyanne Conway stated that the White House will not release the documents. Trump himself said that the information about his tax returns does not interest the public. “The only ones that care about my tax returns are the reporters,” he said during a January press conference.

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