White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that a New York Times story claiming President Trump and his family sheltered millions of dollars through tax fraud over several years is "boring" and not worth correcting in public.
"It's a totally false attack based on an old, recycled news story," Sanders told reporters at the White House. "I'm not going to sit and go through every single line of a very boring, 14,000-word story."
The Times reported Tuesday that Trump's father steered his wealthy to Donald Trump and his other children in various ways that could violate U.S. tax laws. The lengthy report was rejected by the White House as just another attack from a paper that continues to battle his administration at every turn.
Sanders did say, however, that the report showed that Trump's father trusted him enough to do many business deals that made them both rich.
"I will say one thing the article did get right was that it showed that the president's father actually had a great deal of confidence in him," Sanders said. "In fact, the president brought his father into a lot of deals, and they made a lot of money together, so much so that his father went on to say that his father went on to say that everything he touched turned to gold."
She said Trump's lawyer has also dismissed the story as "100 percent false and highly defamatory."
"There was no fraud or tax evasion by anyone," Sanders said.