Scripps news political correspondent Mike Sacks this week called out President’s Trump’s false claim that the U.S. the “highest taxed” country in the world.
Sacks caught up with the president at the White House later on Monday. He posted video of the conversation on Twitter.
I asked POTUS today why he keeps saying "We're the highest taxed nation in the world" when it's objectively false. Here's how he answered: pic.twitter.com/2EHa0nbm5p
— Mike Sacks (@MikeSacksEsq) October 17, 2017
Sacks explained to 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.
“Some people will say it differently,” Trump insisted, forgiving himself. “They’ll say we’re the highest developed nation taxed in the world.”
“Then why are you saying it that way?” Sacks pressed.
“Because a lot of people know exactly what I’m talking about,” Trump opined. “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,” the president added before walking away.
For what it’s worth, the U.S. is is ranked in the middle for both revenue collected per person and individual tax income rates among developed countries.