Trump must release tax returns
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 19:31
During a CNN-Telemundo debate later that day, Trump said he wanted to release his tax returns, but could not while he's under audit. "The president said during his campaign that he would not release the tax returns while he was under audit".
"I think you'll see we'll have an unbelievable code", Mr. Trump said on the campaign trail.
KATHLEEN CLYDE: It's a pretty uphill battle, but I'll continue to fight it because I think that most Ohioans and most Americans support that information being made public.
Nearly all major presidential candidates since the 1970s have released their tax returns, but Trump did not do so, saying he would when his audit ended.
"We have a tradition in this country of seeing what the interests - the business interests, the financial interests - of the person leading the free world [are]".
Protesters from coast to coast called on President Donald Trump over the weekend to release his tax returns. Trump criticized the demonstrations in Sunday tweets, claiming without citing evidence that someone "paid" the protesters and declaring "the election is over!"
She demanded Trump release his tax returns as a way to prove his loyalties lie with the American people, and that his loyalties are indeed with the constituents he serves. "We'll have to get back to you on that", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.
Karl: "You won't. I mean you see. really?"
"We're under the same audit that has existed, and nothing has changed", Spicer said.
A handful of other Republicans facing irate town hall crowds have said that Trump should release his returns.
But Trump's public statements about his returns have shifted subtly over the years.
The chart compares the percentage of federal income taxes paid by Trump, former Secretary of State John Kerry, former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). But Denham's comment overlooks that Trump has sought to repeal the only part of the tax code that required him to pay any income taxes at all in 2005 - the individual alternative minimum tax, or AMT. And now because he won, he says no one cares about the returns.
ROSE: That would tell us how any tax reform plan the White House proposes might affect the taxpayer in chief.