Trump fires back at protesters demanding tax returns: 'The election is over'

Apr 19, 2017, 01:50
Trump fires back at protesters demanding tax returns: 'The election is over'

President Donald Trump is still under audit, the White House says, and won't be releasing any of his tax returns on Tuesday, the deadline this year for Americans to pay the government.

More than 100 protesters gathered Saturday in downtown Rochester, joining demonstrations nationwide that demanded President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators hit the pavement in more than 150 cities across the country, including New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, on Saturday, urging Trump to disclose his tax returns - something nearly every major presidential candidate has done since the 1970s.

The last sitting president who did not release his full tax returns was Gerald Ford (although he did voluntarily release a tax summary, more than Trump has done), and that alone invited unsavory comparisons to the secretiveness of his predecessor, Richard Nixon.

'We'll cross that bridge when it comes to it, ' Spicer said in March.

However, multiple polls have found that the majority of Americans want Trump to release his tax returns. But unless the returns show direct bank deposits from Vladimir Putin, they would likely never be sufficient to crater his base support or lead Republicans in Congress to abandon him.

"You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters". "I think the people understand how successful the president's been and how much he's paid in taxes. He normally puts his name on buildings where he has them", Cotton said Monday at a town hall in Little Rock, to loud boos from the audience. Thousands of Americans have called for Trump to reveal his taxes, which could shed some light on potential conflicts of interest with foreign countries in which Trump's businesses operate.

-Jason Chaffetz (UT): "If you're going to run and try to become the president of the United States, you're going to have to open up your kimono and show everything, your tax returns, your medical records".

But Democrats have said they will oppose any tax reform bill until they know how the measure will affect the billionaire president and his family.

But that didn't stop Trump from tweeting in reaction on Easter.

'Someone should look into who paid for the small organised rallies yesterday.

The Trump tax marches were launched by a single tweet, organizers said.

More than a year before he announced his presidential campaign, Trump told an Irish television station that he would "absolutely" release his tax returns if he entered the race. He began citing the ongoing audit as a reason not to release them in early 2016.

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