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Trump's debt raises security worries


September 29, 2020

Al Drago – The New York Times

President Donald Trump spoke at a news conference at the White House in Washington, Sept. 27, 2020. Trump shifted his position overnight on a sweeping New York Times investigative report on his taxes, falsely accusing the paper on Monday of using "illegally obtained information" after initially saying on Sunday that the article was "totally fake news."

WASHINGTON – Revelations that President Donald Trump is personally liable for more than $400 million in debt are casting a shadow over his presidency that ethics experts say raises national security concerns he could be manipulated to sway U.S. policy by organizations or individuals he's indebted to.

New scrutiny of Trump, who claims great success as a private businessman, comes after the New York Times reported that tax records show he is personally carrying a staggering amount of debt - including more than $300 million in loans that will come due in the next four years.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was blunt about the potential implications. "He may be vulnerable to financial blackmail from a hostile foreign power and God knows what else," said Warren, a frequent Trump critic.


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