Speaking with anchor Alex Witt, Cohen shared a story about the president’s past attempts to inflate his net worth to impress members of the media and provoke fawning coverage.
During one meeting with Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, Trump explicitly said that he wants his net worth to appear higher than it is, Cohen alleged.
“First it was, ‘I wanted to show I have $ 7 billion.’ Then ‘I’m worth $ 7 billion’ before the conversation finished it’s, ‘let’s make it $ 8 billion,’” Cohen began.
After that, Cohen said, they tried to “manipulate the numbers” to show to the press.
But as they were trying to fudge the numbers, Weisselberg realized that this could create additional problems for the real estate mogul, forcing him — or his children — to pay more in taxes.