I asked POTUS today why he keeps saying "We're the highest taxed nation in the world" when it's objectively false. Here's how he answered: pic.twitter.com/2EHa0nbm5p— Mike Sacks (@MikeSacksEsq) October 17, 2017
President Donald Trump has been on about the United States being the highest-taxed nation in the world, for quite some time.
However, like many of his other claims, this is false but that didn't stop him from trumpeting it over and over. He also recently tweeted about it.
Will be going to North Dakota today to discuss tax reform and tax cuts. We are the highest taxed nation in the world - that will change.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
However, one reporter had had enough and decided to callout Trump on his tax lie — to his face.
Mike Sacks, a political correspondent for Scripps, was caught on camera telling the president how his claims were a lie at a White House event.
“You repeatedly said that we’re the highest taxed nation in the world…when that’s seen as being objectively false. With the credibility you need to pass tax reform, why did you say it?” asked the reporter.
“Some people will say it differently,” responded the president. “They’ll say we’re the highest developed nation taxed in the world.”
“Then why are you saying it that way?” Sacks insisted.
“Because a lot of people know exactly what I’m talking about,” Trump opined. “But in many cases, they think I’m right when I say the highest. As far as I’m concerned, I think we’re really essentially the highest. But if you would like to add the developed nation, you can say that too.”
“But a lot of people think the way that I’m saying it is exactly correct,” Trump added before walking away.
However, Trump’s response was also a lie.
Most countries with lower share of taxes to gross domestic product are the under developed economies. When a limited comparison is made where just developed economies are taken in account, almost every other country pays a higher share of its economy as taxes.
Among the developed countries, the U.S. is ranked in the middle for both revenue collection per person and individual tax income, when compared with the roughly three dozen developed countries tracked by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
People had a lot to say about Trump's misleading statement:
Agree-he lies cus gets away w/it, GOP won’t stop him, plays to base, may get him what he wants & he likes that it distracts & divides.— Charmel Cross (@CharmelCross) October 18, 2017
It’s one of the many voices in his head....— Leonakish (@LeonaKish12345) October 17, 2017
He thinks if people believe what he says that it makes it true— Scott Kiekbusch (@adjustafresh) October 17, 2017
when he says "a lot of people say", it's poor code for "it's a lie"— lauch (@lauch) October 17, 2017
I've concluded that whenever he says "a lot of people ," he's referring to the voices in his head.— Mirjana (@sangwij) October 17, 2017
Translation - I prefer to lie.— Jonathan Drake (@Duck_person) October 17, 2017
Even that answer is wrong. He repeatedly lies and can't admit it. A failure of leadership.— Shin Inouye (@shin_inouye) October 17, 2017
Thumbnail Credits: Reuters, Joshua Roberts