While some are worried Donald Trump may use the presidency for his own interests, Donald Trump Jr. is assuring the American public that if his father is elected president, he won’t let his business interests get in the way of his presidential responsibilities. Trump told the Tribune-Review that the American public is also way too concerned with his father’s tax returns. He believes it would “detract from (his father’s) main message.”
Trump’s children going to bat for their father has not worked out so smoothly thus far, but Trump Jr.’s recent comments seem to suggest they know what they are doing. A recent expose from Newsweek suggested the Trump Organization has deep ties to foreign politicians and criminals, which could impact Trump’s decision-making if he is elected president. But Trump Jr. told the Tribune-Review his father wouldn’t let his business dealings affect his judgment, saying he is “going to be a government official, and he’s going to separate himself,” from the Trump Org’s business dealings.
The topic then shifted to Trump’s finances, and the absence of a public tax-return disclosure. Trump seems to believe no one would care about them, and Trump Jr. adds to that vibe. He told the Tribune-Review that releasing his returns would distract from his presidential message:
“He’s got a 12,000-page tax return that would create … financial auditors out of every person in the country asking questions that would detract from (his father’s) main message.”
Trump Jr.’s logic is a bit confounding as presidential candidates have routinely made their tax returns available, and Trump has been pretty mum on revealing the detailed parts of his campaign message. And as we have seen from Trump’s health history, he’s keeping his personal information pretty close to the vest.