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President Donald Trump told the media earlier this week that Ireland is to reduce its corporation tax rate to 8%. Shutterstock/JStone

Leo to Trump: That claim about our corporation tax rate was 'fake news'

The Taoiseach has slammed Trump for saying Ireland is set to reduce it’s rate to 8%.

TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has accused US President Donald Trump of “fake news” over his claim that Ireland is set to reduce its corporation tax rate.

In a speech in the White House’s Rose Garden earlier this week, Trump name-checked Ireland, stating:

“You look at other countries and what they’ve done, and we’re competing with other countries,” he said. “When China is at 15% and I hear that Ireland is going to be reducing their corporate rates down to 8% from 12%.”

The Department of Finance has strongly denied Trump’s claim.

Asked about Trump’s speech by Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett in the Dáil today, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that Ireland would not be reducing its corporation tax rate.

“It is indeed fake news,” he said with a grin on his face.

adams Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil today. Oireachtas TV Oireachtas TV

Varadkar said “there is no such plan” to reduce the rate, adding that it stands at 12.5% and it will remain so for “a very long time”.

Boyd Barrett said the statement by the US president is further prove that he is a “pathological liar” and “dangerous”.

Trump is campaigning for a drop in America’s down tax rate of 35% to 20% and has been arguing that the US must do so in order to remain commercially competitive.

Read: Donald Trump says ‘he hears’ Ireland is about to drop its corporation tax rate to 8%>

Read: Dept of Finance shuts down Trump’s claims that Ireland is dropping its corporation tax rate>

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