Washington: President Donald Trump never minces words. He showed it clearly during almost year-long primaries and then during presidential election. So he was not expected to keep quite when the MSNBC threatened to release his tax returns for the year 2005.
Till now, the President had resisted, in the face of mounting demand for making his tax returns public.
But the way, Rachel Maddow showcased the tax return papers of the President forced the White House to release it before further delay. Till then, it was looking like an improbable task.
Trump didn’t wait for long to respond in kind following the knowledge that it was going to happen. So even before the beginning of Rachel Maddow‘s report went live on MSNBC about Trump’s tax returns, he had fired a very powerful statement, condemning it and calling it “desperate for ratings”.
The President went on to add, “You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago. Before being elected president, Trump was one of the most successful businessmen in the world with a responsibility to his company, his family and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required.
If that was not enough, the presidential statement went on to add, “That being said, Mr. Trump paid $38 million even after taking into account large-scale depreciation for construction, on an income of more than $150 million, as well as paying tens of millions of dollars in other taxes, such as sales and excise taxes and unemployment taxes, and this illegally published return proves just that. Despite this substantial income figure and tax paid, it is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns. The dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the President will focus on his, which includes tax reform that will benefit all Americans.”