Scripps news political correspondent Mike Sacks confronted President Donald Trump on Oct. 15 about his repeated false claim that the U.S. is the “highest taxed” nation in the world.
Despite the claim being debunked by CNBC in September, Trump repeated the lie again during a White House event.
Afterwards, Sacks told Trump that his claim was “seen as objectively false.”
“With the credibility you need to pass tax reform, why did you say it?” Sacks asked Trump.
As he has many times before when caught in a lie, Trump quoted “some people” whom he never named: “Some people will say it differently. They’ll say we’re the highest developed nation taxed in the world.”
“Then why are you saying it that way?” Sacks asked.
Trump went on to lie again by claiming the U.S was the highest taxed developed nation:
Because a lot of people know exactly what I’m talking about. 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.
CNN notes Trump has told this lie 20 times, even though U.S. does not rank at the top for revenue collected, individual income taxes or corporate income taxes.