Presumptive GOP nominee Donald’s Trump’s senior aide revealed to reporters on Sunday why the billionaire candidate refuses to acquiesce to demands from his critics that he release his tax returns.
“This is an issue the media is interested in,” veteran GOP strategist Paul Manafort told CNN. “This isn’t an issue that middle America is interested in.”
Most Americans hate filing and paying taxes, let alone reading through someone else’s tax returns, so Manafort probably had a legitimate point there.
However, he noted that Trump plans to eventually release his tax returns nonetheless, but not until his current audit by the IRS reaches its culmination.
“You talk to tax attorneys who are not politically motivated, and they will tell you they would never advise their client to release any tax information in the course of an audit,” he said.
He added that Trump’s decision had nothing to do with trying to hide something from the public.
While fair, these reasons are not apt to please the candidate’s critics, including 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who took to Facebook last Wednesday to slam him for refusing to release his tax returns.
“It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters, especially one who has not been subject to public scrutiny in either military or public service,” Romney wrote, apparently under the delusion that someone still considered him worth listening to.
Both he and Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton have also reportedly suggested that perhaps Trump is indeed trying to hide something — a “bombshell” of sorts.
If anything, Trump is likely doing exactly as Manafort insisted — playing it safe safe for the protection of both himself and his business empire.
Plus, as the GOP strategist stated, Americans have no real interest in viewing his tax returns. They want more jobs, more money and more success — three things neither Romney nor Clinton know much about.
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