President was perhaps the single greatest loser of money from 1985 to 1994, a bombshell investigation into his tax returns found Tuesday. But despite but the $1.17 billion he bled out on failed casinos, hotels and retail space during that time, he spent the decade telling Americans — the people who would one day elect him as their president — that he was a resounding success. 

“There is no one my age who has accomplished more,” he boasted to  for a cover story in 1987, a year his business losses compounded to $4.5 million.

By that time, Trump had already been self-mythologizing about the basis of his wealth for years. “Some people have an ability to negotiate,” he told in 1984.

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