No, but I pay tax, and I pay federal tax, too. But I have a write-off, a lot of it’s depreciation, which is a wonderful charge. I love depreciation.


Cooper had asked Trump if he used the nearly $1 billion in losses shown on the three 1995 state tax returns leaked to The New York Times “to avoid paying personal federal income taxes?”

Trump responded, “Of course I did. Of course I did.”

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