White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday criticized the “failing New York Times” for a story accusing President Trump of using “suspect tax schemes” to help increase the fortune he inherited from his parents during the 1990s.
“Fred Trump [President Trump’s father] has been gone for nearly twenty years and it’s sad to witness this misleading attack against the Trump family by the failing New York Times,” read the statement. “Many decades ago the IRS reviewed and signed off on these transactions.”
“The New York Times’ and other media outlets’ credibility with the American people is at an all time low because they are consumed with attacking the president and his family 24/7 instead of reporting the news.”
Although the media “can rarely find anything positive about the President and his tremendous record of success to report,” she wrote, it repeatedly ignores the administration’s accomplishments.
“Perhaps another apology from the New York Times, like the one they had to issue after they got the 2016 election so embarrassingly wrong, is in order,” the statement added.
While the Times’ report accuses President Trump of using various practices to avoid paying the full tax bill on the money he inherited from his father, Trump attorney Charles Harder called the allegations “100 percent false.”
“The New York Times’s allegations of fraud and tax evasion are 100 percent false, and highly defamatory,” said Harder. “There was no fraud or tax evasion by anyone. The facts upon which The Times bases its false allegations are extremely inaccurate.”