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‘Doesn’t that make me smart?’ Trump frantically spins NYT report on his disastrous Chicago hotel

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Donald Trump speaks to NBC News (screen grab)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday tried to spin the latest New York Times story about his tax payments by claiming that a disastrous hotel development in Chicago made him “smart.”

The Times reported on Tuesday night that “Trump defaulted on his loans, sued his bank, got much of the debt forgiven” for a Chicago hotel project that proved to be vastly less profitable than he had once projected.

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Trump, however, said that building an unprofitable hotel and then weaseling his way out of paying debts on it was actually a savvy business manuever.

“As a developer long ago, and continuing to this day, the politicians ran Chicago into the ground,” the president wrote on Twitter. “I was able to make an appropriately great deal with the numerous lenders on a large and very beautiful tower. Doesn’t that make me a smart guy rather than a bad guy?”

In reality, the Times found that Trump’s actions in Chicago were part of a larger pattern in which he would develop unprofitable properties and then stiff the creditors who lent him money.

“When the project encountered problems, he tried to walk away from his huge debts,” the paper wrote. “For most individuals or businesses, that would have been a recipe for ruin. But tax-return data, other records and interviews show that rather than warring with a notoriously litigious and headline-seeking client, lenders cut Mr. Trump slack — exactly what he seemed to have been counting on.”

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Mitt Romney on COVID relief: ‘The only time to borrow money is when there’s a crisis and this is a crisis’

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on Tuesday bucked most of his Republican colleagues by calling for a COVID-19 relief bill.

Romney appeared at a bipartisan press conference, where senators proposed $908 billion in aid for unemployed workers, local governments, schools, transportation and health care.

"COVID has created a crisis and in a crisis people expect Congress to act," Romney said. "It simply unacceptable for us not to respond to help in this circumstance."

"I happen to be a deficit hawk," he continued. "I don't like borrowing money. I don't like spending money we don't have. But the time to borrow money, maybe the only time to borrow money, is when there's a crisis and this is a crisis. We want to help people at this particular time."

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‘Hateful moron’: Trump supporter’s business faces the internet’s wrath after her anti-gay tirade goes viral

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During an anti-lockdown protest outside the home of the Los Angeles Public Health Director, a woman wearing a Trump 2020 shirt was caught on video hurling homophobic slurs at the woman recording, also calling her a "Nazi" and a "new world order Satanist."

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The View’s Whoopi Goldberg tells Trump: ‘You’re not going to run in 2024 if you’re in jail, my friend’

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"The View's" Whoopi Goldberg doesn't think that if President Donald Trump can get a pardon that it still won't stop him from being jailed just in time for the 2024 election.

The panel of co-hosts discussed the multiple requests for pardons that are coming from Trump world. Tuesday, it was reported that Rudy Giuliani asked Trump to pardon him for anything he may or may not have done that could necessitate such a pardon. Giuliani has been trotting around the country, waging as many lawsuits as possible in an attempt to change the results of the 2020 election. There were reports that Giuliani might be under a federal investigation for his involvement in the Ukraine scandal that got Trump impeached. No information about that has surfaced publicly, however.

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