White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took to Twitter this morning to assert that she had made no news the day before when she said President Donald Trump would not release his tax returns because “people don’t care.”
During the presidential campaign and transition, Trump’s position had been that he couldn’t release his returns because he is undergoing an audit and that he would do so once that process is complete.
During an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Conway made no mention of the audit as a precondition as she stated that “the White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns.”
“People didn’t care,” Conway added. “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.”
Her comments were widely interpreted by the media – including The Washington Post, The New York Times and most broadcast networks – as a shift in posture, and that shift was the subject of numerous news reports that appeared almost immediately after Conway’s mid-morning TV appearance.
Conway tweeted: On taxes, answers (& repeated questions) are same from campaign: POTUS is under audit and will not release until that is completed. #nonews
In her tweet Monday, Conway said the White House’s response to the tax returns question is “same from the campaign: POTUS is under audit and will not release until that is completed.”
She added: “#nonews.”
Presidents are not required to release their tax returns, but presidents dating back to Richard Nixon have routinely done so voluntarily.
There is no provision in law that prevents people under audit from releasing their tax returns.
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