A CNN anchor threatened to end an on-air interview and defended New York Times journalists when a White House spokesman said a recent report on President Trump’s taxes was “coordinated” with Democrats.
“We know that he donates his salary to the government even when he doesn’t have to,” White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “That’s a million and a half dollars in taxes he didn’t even have to pay, but this is a story that is another version of it from four years ago on the eve of the debate. Coordinated with the Democrats as a political hit.”
Listen to CNN's Poppy Harlow lose it when WH Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern dares to criticize The New York Times. She reacted like he had just threatened a loved one.
This is why people hate CNN and the media writ large. You criticize them, and some lose their minds. pic.twitter.com/lzYA4mvWUU
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“I’m just going to stop you there. These are remarkable reporters from the New York Times who went through 20 years of documents,” Harlow said. “It’s not okay to accuse them, with no facts, of coordinating with the Democratic Party. Please stop doing that, or this interview will end.”
“Poppy, they had ads up and running,” Morgenstern said.
“Stop attacking the press,” she continued. “I have not seen you do that largely before. Stop doing that. I am asking you direct questions. You can put the entire thing to bed if the president would release the records and show the American people what he says is true. Why will he not do that?”
The New York Times published a report Sunday evening saying that President Trump only paid $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017. The New York Times also reported that Trump paid no federal taxes in 10 of the last 15 years “largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.”
Trump and his team immediately denied the report as “fake news” Sunday evening.
“That is fake news. That is totally fake news,” Trump said at a press conference.
“Actually, I pay taxes. You will see that as soon as my tax returns, it’s under audit,” he added. “It’s been under audit for a long time. The IRS does not treat me well. They treat me like the Tea Party, like they treated the Tea Party. And they don’t treat me well. They treat me very badly.”
Alan Garten, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, said that “most, if not all, of the facts appear to be inaccurate.” He added that Trump “has paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the federal government, including paying millions in personal taxes since announcing his candidacy in 2015.”
Author: Emma Colton