by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
During the run-up to the election and up until the inauguration, Donald Trump made repeated promises to release his tax returns. However, like all presidents before him, after he was sworn in, he quickly began breaking promises and releasing his tax return was at the top of the list. This broken promise has spurred an epic response by WikiLeaks who is now promising to release them.
Trump Counselor Kellyanne Conway stated today that Trump will not release his tax returns. Send them to: https://t.co/cLRcuIiQXz so we can.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 22, 2017
Kellyanne Conway, a senior counselor to the president, said on Sunday that Trump will break a 40-year tradition and not show America the extent of his financial interests and obligation.
“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns,” Conway said. “We litigated this all through the election.”
Conway went on to assert that most Americans don’t care about Trump’s tax returns, noting, “They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: most Americans are — are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like.”
However, according to the Guardian, last week a Washington Post-ABC poll showed that 74% of Americans, including 53% of Republicans, want to see Trump’s returns. In October a CNN poll found that 73% of registered voters, including 49% of Republicans, wanted to see the tax returns.
A petition on Whitehouse.gov, calling for the Immediate ‘release Donald Trump’s full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance,’ has received more than double the number of signatures required for the president to address it.
The call for Trump’s financial records is not based in some fantasy land as his dealings with foreign nations who may hold his debt could affect the decisions he makes as President.
The unprecedented economic conflicts of this administration need to be visible to the American people, including any pertinent documentation which can reveal the foreign influences and financial interests which may put Donald Trump in conflict with the emoluments clause of the Constitution.
If you think that Trump’s foreign interests are irrelevant, think again. During the election, Trump registered at least eight companies in Saudi Arabia alone — a country, linked to terror on a massive scale who Trump has said he “would want to protect.”
In fact, at least 111 Trump companies have done business in 18 countries and territories across South America, Asia and the Middle East, a Post analysis of Trump financial filings shows.
While there is certainly nothing wrong with conducting business in other countries, the fact that the president of the United States, who is calling for the ‘punishment’ of businesses who outsource to foreign countries, keeping his dealings entirely secret, is nothing short of a kick to the face.
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