Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

Trump boasts about victory in response to tax returns pressure

Trump boasts about victory in response to tax returns pressure

During a briefing on Monday, press secretary Sean Spicer claimed that President Donald Trump won't release his 2016 tax returns because they're under audit.

His messages came after thousands of protesters gathered Saturday in cities across America to pressure Trump to release his tax returns, a move of transparency he has repeatedly rejected.

On Saturday, thousands of protesters gathered in almost 200 cities for a nationwide Tax March, demanding that Trump release his taxes.

"What can you tell us about how you got these pages?" "I did what was an nearly impossible thing to do for a Republican - easily won the Electoral College!" But there was also a protest near Mar-a-Lago, the private club where the president is spending this Easter weekend. If Democrats take back control of Congress in 2018, they can compel the returns' release. "Now Tax Returns are brought up again?" he tweeted. An increasing number of congressional Republicans have used the opportunity to insist Trump disclose his own returns or face insurmountable opposition as he attempts to satisfy another one of his campaign promises. The idea seems to be that Trump has been largely insincere in his public, political life, but that his tax returns will expose his real, unaffected nefariousness. And he will say whatever he can say at the time about why he's not releasing them.

But in February, a CBS News poll found that 56 percent of Americans think it's necessary for him to release his tax returns.

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Monday at a town hall gathering, Republican Senator Tom Cotton was soundly booed when he said Trump wasn't releasing his taxes because he's being audited.

There is no law that states a president has to show his or her tax returns; it appears to be more of a tradition. The refrain to "take Trump seriously, but not literally", is by now a cliché, and one whose usefulness is belied by Trump's tendency to pursue very literal interpretations of his campaign promises.

"The White House response is he's not going to release his tax returns", Kellyanne Conway said on ABC's "This Week".

"Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday", he said in a subsequent tweet.

"Show us your taxes" reads a sign at the New York City tax day protest Saturday. "The American people understood when they elected him in November".

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