Democratic socialist senator Bernie Sanders appeared on Fox News, where he was grilled on his taxes after he released tax returns showing his family made $566,000 (£433,320) in 2018.

Instead of caving under the pressure, Sanders hit back at Fox by telling them to ask Donald Trump about his taxes - he has consistently refused to release his tax returns (the president claims he can’t make his tax records public until after an IRS audit).

During the interview, which covered an array of topics including insurance, and taxing corporations.

Sanders fielded questions from the hosts about his tax returns, and he explained that most of his earnings came from writing and royalties, including his bestselling book Where We Go From Here.

He told the Fox News hosts: “Anyone who thinks I should apologise for writing a bestselling book, I’m sorry, I’m not going to do it”.

Sanders went on to defend his vote against Trump’s tax bill, which he now inadvertently benefits from.

He said: “All wealthy people and large corporations should pay their fair share of taxes”.

We have an absurd tax system. While millions of people are paying more in taxes than they anticipated, Amazon, Netflix and dozens of major corporations as a result of Trumps tax bill pay nothing incorporate taxes, and I think that’s a disgrace.

It was at this point the Fox anchor queried why he didn’t volunteer to give up more of his income for tax – something in the realm of the 52 per cent he proposes. “I’m leading this revolution, I’m not going to take those [tax cuts],” the anchor suggested.

After a brief and awkward pause on Bernie’s part, which was punctured by laughing from the audience, he said: “I pay the taxes that I owe”.

And by the way, why don’t you get Donald Trump up here and ask him how much he pays in taxes?

...Fair.

Trump’s staff recently said Democrats will “never” see the president’s tax returns.

This latest statement comes despite the fact that over the years, Trump has expressed his intention to do release them.

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