President-elect Donald Trump insisted at a news conference Wednesday that Americans “don’t care at all” about his unreleased tax returns.
“I’m not releasing the tax returns because, as you know, they’re under audit,” he said at the event, his first since becoming President-elect.
Trump’s comment are directly contradicted by most major public polls on the issue. A CNN poll from October found 86% of registered voters said they see paying taxes as every American’s civic duty.
Trump has refused to release his tax returns since declaring his presidential candidacy, arguing that he can’t release the information because he is under audit — an excuse that tax lawyers have said should not prevent him from releasing those documents, even as Trump continues to insist it’s the recommendation of his personal counsel.