Trump tweet-rages at marchers demanding tax returns

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 19, 2017

During the campaign, Trump initially indicated that he would release his tax returns, as every modern presidential candidate has done after winning the nomination from one of the two major parties.

And though he and his surrogates have said often that he would release them when the audits were complete, there's no way to independently verify that the audits of his returns from years past are still ongoing. "The election is over!" the president tweeted Sunday morning.

Trump is certainly free to do so if he chooses, and there is no law requiring USA presidents to release their taxes.

These images capture the signs on display at the pre-march rally of the Trump Tax Day rally. Violence erupted at one of those rallies, and many people were arrested in Berkeley, Calif., where groups that support and oppose the president clashed. Officers confiscated knives and makeshift weapons.

Still, the White House has not indicated Trump has any intentions of releasing his returns. Critics have argued that he should make more financial information public due to his wealth and potential ties to countries that could pose conflicts of interest in office.

"We'll have to get back to you on that", he said.

The marches were launched by a single tweet, organizers said. She rode a bus from New Jersey to New York City with her friend Geraldine Markowitz, 83, to take part in the protests.

Shockley said the Tax March will hopefully provide momentum for rallies planned for other issues, such as the Science March called for 500 cities across the globe on April 22, and the People's Climate March on April 29.

"I have very big returns, as you know, and I have everything all approved and very attractive and we'll be working that over in the next period of time, Chuck", Trump said. "I hope Republicans see it".

But it's unlikely they'll see returns anytime soon - if at all.

Trump has said that Americans "don't care at all" about his tax returns, but polls show 74% of Americans say he should release them.

"If he thinks he can get away with playing king, he's got another thought coming", Waters said.

But there are some Republicans who do think he should release his return - even if they don't plan on doing anything about it, or seem particularly disturbed that Trump hasn't listened to them yet.

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