White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley deflected Democrats’ calls for President Donald Trump‘s tax returns on Tuesday, claiming the request is “ridiculous” and arguing that “no one cares” to see them.
During an interview on Fox News, Gidley addressed the looming deadline of April 23 that House Democrats gave Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and the Internal Revenue Service to produce Trump’s tax returns.
“As I understand it, the president’s pretty clear. Once he’s out of audit, he’ll think about doing it,” Gidley said, referring to the president’s infamous excuse. “But he’s not inclined to do so at this time.”
The White House spox then argued that the president shouldn’t have to release his tax transcripts because “he turned over hundreds of pages of a financial disclosure form during the campaign.”
Gidley went on to brag about his boss, claiming Trump is only a target because “everybody knows he’s a very successful billionaire” and that “he’s had a lot of success in the business world,” adding that he believes there is “nothing nefarious there at all.”
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On Fox News, White House spox Hogan Gidley says the Trump administration won't comply with deadline imposed by House Ways and Means chair to turn over Trump's tax returns by 5pm today pic.twitter.com/NPEocZVIHO
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Gidley then deemed the summon for Trump’s tax returns as “ridiculous” despite every president releasing them since Richard Nixon — who was under audit at the time.
“They tried these type of ridiculous tactics in the past to push things like his tax returns, it’s already been litigated in the court of public opinion and in the election — the president won it fairly and squarely,” Gidley said.
“He’s the president, and no one cares about ridiculous charges about tax returns and all types of other things Democrats are doubling down on today,” he continued to say.
The president has recently spoken on the prospects of releasing his tax returns, arguing he doesn’t have to because “the law is 100 percent on my side.” Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has vowed that Trump’s tax returns will “never” be handed over to Democrats.