In an interview with the NBC television channel, Pelosi spoke about the revelations made following an investigation by the American daily The New York Times about the tax returns of the President of the United States of America (USA).
According to the investigation, the President of the United States paid just $ 750 (645 euros) in federal taxes in 2016, the year he was elected, and quite as much in 2017.
The leader of the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives said that the disclosure of this information jeopardizes security for the country, since they can constitute evidence of possible interference from other countries, from lobbies, in the governance of the head of state during the last four years.
“This President seems to have a debt of more than 400 million dollars. To whom? To different countries? What is the leverage [dae dívida] that has? In my opinion, it is a matter of national security ”, explained the Democrat in an interview cited by the Spanish agency Efe.
Pelosi also urged Trump to clarify these doubts: “We take an oath to protect and defend [o país]. This President is the commander [das Forças Armadas norte-americanas]. It has a credit exposure of several hundred million dollars. To whom? The public has a right to know ””.
The New York newspaper published the first work of several to be launched in the next few days that focus on 20 years of multimillionaire tax returns.
“You have not paid any income tax in 10 of the previous 15 years [a 2016], largely because it reported more money lost than earned, ”writes the American daily.
The tax returns of the former real estate tycoon, President since 2016 and running for re-election in November, are at the center of a legal battle, as Trump has always refused to publish them, unlike his predecessors.
“The New York Times obtained tax information for more than 20 years from Trump and the hundreds of companies that make up his group, including detailed information about his first two years in office. This does not include your 2018 or 2019 income statements ″, write the research authors, who promise more disclosures in the coming days.
In a parallel text, the newspaper’s director, Dean Baquet, writes that “the records show a significant difference between what Trump said to the public and what he revealed to federal tax authorities over the years.”
“These revelations underline why citizens want to know their President’s finances: Trump’s business appears to have benefited from his position and his comprehensive holding companies have created potential conflicts between his financial interests and the nation’s diplomatic interests,” added Baquet.
A lawyer for the Trump group, Alan Garten, told the New York Times that “most, if not all, facts appear to be incorrect”, adding that the President “paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the federal government, including the payment of millions in personal taxes since he announced his candidacy in 2015 ″.
Unlike all his predecessors since the 1970s, Donald Trump, whose family group is not listed on the stock exchange and who has made his fortune a campaign argument, refuses to publish his income statements and wages a battle to prevent its disclosure.
This lack of transparency has fueled speculation about the extent of his fortune or potential conflicts of interest.
The disclosure of this investigation comes two days before Trump and Democrat Joe Biden clashed in the first debate before the presidential elections, which take place on November 3.