Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris of California still has not Googled President Trump’s publicly available financial disclosure forms — at least, that is the only thing that explains why she suggested Wednesday during the vice presidential debate that we do not know where the president owes money.
“It would be really good,” said Harris. “to know who the president of the United States, the commander-in-chief, owes money to.”
As I have written before, a comprehensive breakdown of the president’s liabilities can be found in his 2019 public financial disclosure (see page 35), which was released this summer by the Office of Government Ethics. The institutions to which Trump owes a great deal of money include Ladder Capital Finance LLC, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Amboy Bank, and Chicago Unit Acquisition LLC.
It is all there. You just need to try a little. This is not difficult. But the idea that Trump’s creditors are an unknown is apparently a line that Democrats are sticking with, most likely because they assume the public is too stupid to check for itself.
The talking point came about in late September following the publication of the New York Times’s first installment in its Trump taxes series.
The paper’s first report on the matter includes a paragraph that reads: “This time around, he is personally responsible for loans and other debts totaling $421 million, with most of it coming due within four years. Should he win re-election, his lenders could be placed in the unprecedented position of weighing whether to foreclose on a sitting president.”
From this, Democratic lawmakers, including Harris, moved to demand a list of Trump’s creditors.
“Who do you owe the money to?” Harris asked during an interview on MSNBC. “And do you owe debt to any foreign nation? Do you owe anybody money who’s impacted by your decisions as president of the United States?”
Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon alleged elsewhere that Trump is in debt “to potentially shady characters.” That is no way to talk about Deutsche Bank.
Left-wing activists asked the same.
“Who does the president owe $421,000,000 to?” asked failed presidential candidate and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Former national security adviser Susan Rice said elsewhere that Trump’s debt “is very much a national security concern … for the reason that we don’t know who has leverage over him.”
And so on.
We know where Trump owes money. It is right there in his financial disclosure forms. Even a senator can Google it.
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Original Author: Becket Adams
Original Location: Kamala Harris wants to know where Trump owes money. She can just Google it