On the heels of Mike Pence announcing he and Donald Trump would release their tax returns, Trump still seems a bit apprehensive about it all. In an interview with ABC News, the Republican presidential nominee said he’ll still release his returns, but stressed he doesn’t think anyone will care.
The Trump tax situation has had a number of twists and turns in the past few months. One second he won’t release them, then he will, and then his staff tells him not to. It’s been a little difficult to keep track of from time to time, but it really doesn’t seem all that big of a deal to the Republican presidential nominee. Trump said he was given the “most extensive financial review of anybody in the history of politics,” but went on to say that “I don’t think anybody cares, except some members of the press.”
The press has been inquiring about his financial operations as of late, with many looking into his charity foundation’s dealings and real estate holdings. Yet Pence shares Trump’s sentiment, as he believes releasing their tax returns isn’t a big deal. He even claimed they were just an unwanted distraction from real issues going on.
“But I believe this is all a distraction by many in the media who simply don’t want to focus on this widening scandal around the Clinton Foundation and this pay-to-play program that happened during Hillary Clinton’s years as secretary of state.”
Pence also said there would be very little to gleam from the returns as they are, as he called it, a “pretty quick read.” Meanwhile, the clock is winding down for Trump to release his tax returns, and if he ultimately chooses not to, he would be the first presidential nominee not to do so since 1976. But this just seems like par for the course for Trump, who isn’t too keen on playing it by the book.
(Via ABC News)