April 18th is the deadline for most Americans to file their taxes and, with that in mind, it is fitting that Donald Trump’s tax returns were up for discussion during Monday’s press briefing.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked by a reporter if Trump was going to release his 2016 returns. The reporter then added, “presumably they aren’t under audit.” Spicer replied that Trump’s taxes were, in fact, under an IRS audit.
‘They are. I think it’s been covered before. It’s the same thing that was discussed on the campaign trail. The president is under audit. It’s a routine one and it continues. And I think the American public [knows] clearly where he stands. This is something that he made very clear during the election cycle.’
Spicer also said that Trump would not authorize the IRS to reveal if he was under audit.
Later in the briefing, ABC’s Jonathan Karl grew openly frustrated with the White House’s evasion on the topic of Trump’s taxes.
‘You’ve been asked about this obviously a thousand times. You always talk about you’re under audit, the president is under audit. Is it time to say once and for all, the president is never going to release his tax returns.’
“I’ll have to get back to you on that,” Spicer said.
“I mean, really,” Karl said.
Eventually, it was determined that Spicer wasn’t 100 percent sure what was happening with Trump’s taxes.
‘I said I’d have to get back to you on that. I think that he is still under audit, the statement still stands.’
Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns was a major point of contention on the campaign trail. It made some speculate that the Republican might have been hiding something. Trump frequently insisted that he could not release his returns since he was under audit. However, as NPR noted last year, there is no law preventing Trump from releasing his returns while under audit.
He could release all of his returns right now and would not be breaking any laws, but he continues to refuse which just raises the question: what is the president hiding?
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