During the flight Trump was spotted on the tarmac in Florida checking out two models of aircraft that looked something like the ones he was always mocking and deriding during his presidential campaign.. There are a few different reasons for the odd sight, the best way to explain it is that he and his son-in-law and first lady have come to rely on a private aircraft to go places they would otherwise be constrained or restricted to traveling on commercial planes.
There is an old saying that goes, “You get what you pay for.” For a private plane such as a “Jumbo Jet” that costs a minimum of $100 million, it sure seems like Trump has paid less than what he gets. To put that in perspective, a Boeing 747 costs a whopping $1.5 billion dollars.
While the aircraft is extremely expensive, it is a significant expense for a person who has not been elected to office. While the government is supposed to be a source of revenuefor the President himself, he is rarely required by law to file a tax return and has not lived within the tax bracket since his tax return was leaked to the media in 2006. At the time, Trump also admitted he had not paid any income taxes in years prior to that. One of the reasons he chose to make this decision was the fact that since 2006, he has been using his “success” on the board of directors of Trump International Hotel and Tower to pay federal income taxes and to take care of business from his other businesses.
Of course, he has been doing all of this without ever disclosing this fact,and in fact, even before he could go back and file, the IRS decided to audit Trump’s $38 million “success” back in 2009. As is typical with audits of non-payers, and given the very real possibility for lawsuits, a lot of time, money, and resources are likely going to be spent on the potential legal battle that is sure to ensue with Trump as he is faced with more embarrassment and accusations concerning his past behavior than he ever thought possible.
The point of Trump’s ongoing defense of his tax situations is that he has been doing this for a long time, and he has been rewarded with this rich reward for acting with proper integrity in this area. Instead of criticizing his behavior, he has continued doing it when he is faced with criticism and legal repercussions, simply acting as the businessman that he is and not trying to hide anything from the press.
Afterthat debacle over the Trump University scandal, which was basically an excuse to go after his accusers, Trump continued to act by using this type of defense. It didn’t work, but it did highlight how he is willing to use it. Trump’s other response to the IRS audit scandal is to take his money and run. Just last week Trump sent a letter out to his employees saying he is “putting on hold” the entire investigation into his tax returns;
The President has stated that he needs to look into whether or not Crooked Hillary compromised our national security, and is putting on hold the results of that investigation. Now, while many of you have been asking why, given that he has been under fire all day long, he has taken the time in the middle of an intense political debate to act this way, I wanted to make sure that you understood the President’s reasons. The President knows that a release of his tax returns could cause additional political pain, and he has not made a decision to release them because he does not want them released. This is purely to further the legal defense of the President. I understand that some of you may be disappointed. This is a very painful decision for me. I will be meeting with my legal team this afternoon to review my options. Thank you again for being the best supporters in American political history. I will certainly do my very best to live up to that reputation. In the meantime, take a look at how hard you have all worked to get to where we are today – through relentless focus, dogged perseverance, and above all, respect for one another. I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about this matter. With great respect and affection, Donald J. Trump
Trump’s decision to ignore the audit and not release his tax returns has drawn some criticism from some of his more vocal fans. On Twitter, @michaelcalibero said that while Trump may not have a problem with the law and was simply doing exactly what any honest businessman would do, there is a better way to deal with the criticism. The best way to confront the media is to confront them.
Some of you will be very disappointed on the 12 th of March for your president not releasing his returns! #TrumpTaxScandal Michael Calibero (@MikeCallyC) March 13, 2017