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Bankrupt and indebted, Trump's taxes show he threatens US security

Due to his indebtedness, his reliance on income from overseas and his refusal to authentically distance himself from his hodgepodge of business, Trump represents a profound national security threat

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House. Photo: AP/PTI
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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House | Photo: AP/PTI

Timothy L. O'Brien | Bloomberg Opinion
In a tour de force of hard won reporting, the New York Times has put numerical clothing on what we’ve known about President Donald Trump for decades — that, at best, he’s a haphazard businessman, human billboard and serial bankruptcy artist who gorges on debt he may have a hard time repaying.

The Times, in a news story published Sunday evening that disclosed years of the president’s tax returns, also put a lot of clothing on things we didn’t know. Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, the year he was elected president, and the same amount

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First Published: Sep 28 2020 | 4:36 PM IST

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