In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” Donald Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway attempted to put the issue of Trump’s tax returns to bed by declaring unequivocally that he will not release the documents.
Stephanopoulos asked Conway about the White House’s response to 100,000 people petitioning the White House for Trump to release his full tax returns “with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance.”
“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns. We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care. They voted for him,” said Conway.
Conway went on to suggest that the American people want Trump to lower taxes, not to release his own tax returns.
“Let me make this very clear. Most Americans are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like,” said Conway.
Contrary to Conway’s claims, an ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Monday found that 74% of Americans say Trump should release his tax returns.
Additionally, a December poll indicated that 65% of Americans were at least “somewhat concerned” about Trump’s conflicts of interest.
Conway pointed to the Trump family’s efforts to eliminate conflicts of interest between Trump’s business empire and his standing as president, which experts have questioned.
“Tragically, the Trump plan to deal with his business conflicts announced today falls short in every respect,” said Norman Eisen, former Special Counsel for Ethics and Government Reform in President Barack Obama’s administration, according to the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza.
Also in December, lawmakers from several states proposed legislation that would prevent presidential candidates from appearing on their states’ ballots unless the candidates release their tax returns, Reuters reports.
Furthermore, Conway’s statement contradicts Trump’s campaign promise to release his tax returns after the IRS completed a routine audit of his finances.
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