Donald Trump has predictably dismissed as “fake news” a bombshell report by The New York Times revealing he paid just $750 in federal income tax in 2016 as he ran for president and again in 2017 during his first year in the White House, having paid none whatsoever for a decade prior.

The US president, who was found to have spent $70,000 on hairstylists during his tenure hosting his reality show The Apprentice, was condemned by Democrats and critics overnight, with congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accusing him of paying less income tax “than waitresses & undocumented immigrants”.

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The Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, later released a damning campaign ad comparing the president’s tax returns to those of ordinary voters, as the ex-VP ridiculed Mr Trump’s demands for a drug test prior to their first televised debate tomorrow.