Trump: ‘The only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters’
On Wednesday at Trump Tower, Donald Trump held his first press conference in 167 days, and during which the president-elect dodged NBC News Hallie Jackson’s persistent line of questioning regarding why he won’t release his tax returns to disprove allegations of financial ties with Russia.
After clinging to the notion that he can’t share the tax returns because of an audit, despite the fact that the IRS has given him to go ahead to disclose his documents, Trump tried to reason that the public simply doesn’t care to see his tax returns.
When Jackson pressed him by reminding him that he’s the first presidential candidate in decades to withhold his documents, Trump condescended to her with an “Oh gee, I never heard about that” snit.
“You know the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters,” Trump said.
Jackson pressed further, asking if he doesn’t think the American public wanted transparency in regards to his income and business dealings.
“I won, I became president, I don’t think they care at all,” Trump said. “I think you care.”
The “I won” boast earned a smattering of applause from the back of the room.
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The idea that no one outside of the press cares about Trump’s tax returns doesn’t track with the actual poll numbers. According to a Quinnipiac University study published in August, 62% of Republican voters said they wanted to see Trump’s tax returns. A Monmouth University poll released in August reported that 62% of voters wanted to see the documents.
Plus, doesn’t the fact that Trump is holding onto them with such a tight grip just increase the desire to see them? Forbidden fruit and all that.