Eric Trump said Tuesday night that his father, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE, “absolutely” pays federal income taxes.

The younger Trump made the remark in a CNN interview with Dana Bash after the reporter repeatedly asked him questions about the presidential nominee's taxes.


Eric Trump at first repeatedly dodged the question about federal income taxes, instead stating that his father and their company have paid “tremendous taxes” before pivoting to criticism of Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent Kellyanne Conway: 'I think my gender helps me with the president' MORE.

“We pay a tremendous amount of taxes, and beyond taxes we also employ tens and tens and tens of thousands of people,” Eric Trump said. “Hillary Clinton has lived off government her entire life.”

After Bash pressed him several more times about federal income tax, Eric Trump said, “Of course, yes, absolutely,” before repeating the same line: “My father pays a tremendous amount of tax. We as a company pay a tremendous amount of tax.”

Trump’s taxes are in the spotlight this week after a report from The New York Times over the weekend that found Trump reported a $916 million loss in his 1995 income tax returns which could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years.

Trump and his campaign have not denied the story.

The real estate mogul has come under fire for not releasing his tax returns, saying he’ll do so once the IRS wraps up its federal audit of him.

But the IRS has repeatedly said that an audit doesn’t prevent a person from releasing his or her tax returns.

Bash also asked Trump’s son if he’s ever seen his father’s tax returns, a question Eric Trump also tried to dismiss but eventually answered.

“I don’t study our tax returns,” Trump said, then adding, “Of course I’ve seen my father’s tax returns.”

He then reverted back to the line about how what the company pays "goes beyond" income tax, including real estate and sales taxes.