Trump Aide Reverses Course, says President Trump will Release Taxes after Audit is Complete
(CBS NEWS) A senior adviser to President Donald Trump worked Monday to clarify her statements about Mr. Trumpâ€™s release of his tax returns, saying he will do so when heâ€™s no longer under audit and said that he has not shifted his position on the issue.
Thatâ€™s different than what Conway said on Sunday, when she told ABCâ€™s â€œThis Weekâ€ that â€œheâ€™s not going to release his tax returns.â€ Conwayâ€™s comments on Sunday were seen as a major reversal for Mr. Trump, who said throughout the campaign that he would release his taxes as soon as they were no longer under routine audit. (He and his team have provided no proof that he is actually under audit.)
â€œThe White House response is that heâ€™s not going to release his tax returns,â€ Conway told ABCâ€™s â€œThis Week.â€ â€œWe litigated this all through the election.â€
Conway on Sunday was responding to the petition on the White House website calling on Mr. Trump to â€œimmediatelyâ€ release his tax returns. As of Monday morning, the petition had gathered more than 262,000 signatures -- far higher than the 100,000 required to receive a response from the White House.
Though presidents arenâ€™t required by law to release their returns, every president since Richard Nixon has done so voluntarily.
On â€œThis Week,â€ Conway asserted that voters donâ€™t care about Mr. Trumpâ€™s tax returns -- a claim Mr. Trump made himself at his pre-inauguration press conference earlier this month.
â€œPeople didnâ€™t care,â€ Conway said. â€œThey voted for him, and let me make this very clear: Most Americans are â€” are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like.â€
However, polling shows that voters overwhelmingly want Mr. Trump to release his returns. An ABC/Washington Post poll released last week found that 74 percent of Americans wanted Mr. Trump to release his returns -- including 49 percent of Republicans.