One of Donald Trump’s claims to presidential competence is his business and financial success, and so he should want voters to see the proof beyond the gilded staircases. He could enhance his credibility on the point by releasing his tax returns.
Mr. Trump has dodged questions of when or even if he will produce his tax records. Last October Mr. Trump told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that he’d release his taxes “at some point,” adding that “maybe” he’d do so when “we find out the true story on Hillary’s emails.”
Asked again in January on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Trump replied that “we’re working on that now. I have very big returns, as you know, I have everything all approved and very beautiful and we’ll be working that over in the next period of time,” adding that “I try to pay as little tax as possible.”
After John Dickerson pressed him for a timeline on CBS’s “Face the Nation” last Sunday, Mr. Trump was a little more specific by saying that he hoped to release his returns “over the next three, four months. We’re working on them very hard, and they will be very good.”
But if he had “everything all approved” in January, why does the businessman need to wait three or four months? He must employ dozens of lawyers. Waiting that long suggests that he’d wait until he wins or loses the nomination, which means before primary voters can get a look. We called the Trump campaign for an update but got no response.Read the rest of this WSJ editorial HERE.
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