Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Trump Tax Returns Show President’s Exposure to Foreign Influence

  • Report says president received $1 million from Turkey
  • Payments dwarfed by debt coming due in next few years
Donald Trump
Donald TrumpPhotographer: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg

Among the biggest questions about President Donald Trump’s foreign policy approach is why he lavishes praise upon -- or often refuses to condemn -- some of the world’s worst autocrats. A New York Times investigation into his tax returns sheds new light on how his investments raise conflict of interest concerns abroad.

According to a Times report this week, in the first two years of his presidency, Trump’s businesses continued to receive income from countries led by officials with an authoritarian bent or shoddy human rights records: $1 million from Turkey, $3 million from the Philippines and $2.3 million from India.