Donald Trump will not release tax returns, says White House adviser
"The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns," Conway said in an interview
Backing out from its earlier statement, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, on Sunday said that the president would not be releasing his tax returns. Earlier, Trump had repeatedly promised to do so after an audit is completed.
Conway's comments came as a response to a Whitehouse.gov petition with more than 200,000 signatures calling on Trump to release his tax returns. Any petition on the site that receives 100,000 signatures in 30 days receives a response from the White House; this petition reached twice that in two days.
"The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns," Conway said in an interview on ABC's "This Week."
During his campaign, Trump had repeatedly cited an ongoing IRS audit in refusing to release his tax returns but said he would eventually release them when the audit was completed.
But Trump and his allies have argued that his tax returns are irrelevant, a statement Conway made again on Sunday.
"We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care," she said."They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: Most Americans are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like. And you know full well that President Trump and his family are complying with all the ethical rules, everything they need to do to step away from his businesses and be a full-time president."
However, reports have claimed that both of Conway's statements are false. Multiple polls showed a majority of Americans believe Trump should release his tax returns, including an ABC News/Washington Post survey out last week that found three-fourths of Americans believe he should release them.
And a ProPublica investigation out Friday revealed that despite Trump's pledge to transfer control of his businesses to his children as part of an ethics agreement as president, he hasn't filed any of the necessary documents to do so in Florida, Delaware and New York.