Fox News Host Confronts GOP Sen. Rick Scott Over Trump Tax Cuts Adding Trillions to Deficit

Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday confronted Republican Senator Rick Scott of Florida over former President Donald Trump's tax cuts, which were estimated to increase the U.S. deficit by $1.5 trillion over the course of a decade.

When Wallace asked Scott during an interview on Fox News Sunday if the Trump tax cuts, which were passed in 2017, should be reversed, the Republican senator, who had previously served as Florida governor, dodged the question and said that tax cuts could happen without increasing the deficit.

"I cut taxes and fees 100 times over $10 billion and I actually balanced a budget and paid off a third of the state [Florida] debt. You can do both. I think there's about 4,000 lines of the Florida budget. I went through every line and said 'I am not going to waste anybody's money,'" Scott said.

Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017 to change corporate tax rates and individual tax rates.

Wallace asked the senator the same question again: "When Donald Trump was president, you had the tax cut, which added $2 trillion to the deficit, according to the Congressional Budget Office. And you didn't have the commensurate spending cuts. So, the question is, if you're not going to have the spending cuts, should you repeal the tax cuts—if the debt and deficit are so vital?"

"I am not raising anybody's taxes, I want lower taxes," Scott responded. "I want to watch how we spend our money. I've been in the Senate for two years and nine months. The waste is staggering. Americans should be furious with the way money is spent in the Senate and in Congress."

"It's your money. It's not the government's money," he added on Sunday. "We've got to figure out how to live within our means. We did at the state level and actually paid off a third of the state debt."

Newsweek contacted Scott for comments but didn't hear back in time for publishing.

In May, Wallace had a similar confrontation when he spoke with Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, who backed Trump's 2017 cuts.

During his interview with Cassidy, Wallace first explained: "According to the Tax Policy Center, the average first year tax cut for a household making less than $25,000—the average tax cut was just $60. The average tax cut for a household making $3.4 million was $193,000. And contrary to talk that it will pay for itself, the Trump tax cuts are now projected to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over 10 years."

The Fox News anchor then asked Cassidy: "Senator, of the two million tax filers in Louisiana, only 14,000 of them were paying more—filing gross income of more than $500,000. So what's wrong with raising the top tax rate to where it was during the Bush and Obama administrations in order to help the working and middle class?"

In his response, Cassidy pointed out that Wallace's analysis was only focusing on "first-degree effects" and argued that unemployment was at "record-low" pre-pandemic due to the tax cuts.

He also argued that the wage growth was "disproportionately in the lower quintiles of the income structure."

 Sen. Scott confronted over Trump tax cuts
During an interview with Fox News host Chris Wallace, GOP Senator Rick Scott of Florida avoided a question about reversing tax cuts that was signed by former President Donald Trump. Above, Scott speaks during a press conference following the Republicans Policy Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol building on October 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images