Former Clinton spox tweets at Trump over Tax March

Owen Stevens
April 18, 2017

President Trump apparently remains defiant in response to calls that he release his tax returns, a demand made loudly and visibly this weekend by thousands of protesters around the U.S. The president took to Twitter on Sunday to deride the Saturday protests as "small", and to suggest that the issue is irrelevant considering his victory in the presidential race. Activists organized the mass protest, named "Tax March" in honor of Tax Day, to demand the White House to release the president's tax returns.

The Republican president questioned the idea that he should release them, asserting that what matters is that he "easily" won the presidential race. Among their placard messages: "Prove you have nothing to hide", "Donald Ducks his Fair Share", "No 1040, no peace" and "I pay for your golf trips".

Shortly after Trump's inauguration in January, Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to Trump, told USA media that Trump would not release his tax returns, citing voters' indifference to the issue as one of the reasons.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators hit the pavement in more than 150 cities across the country, including New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, on Saturday, urging Trump to disclose his tax returns - something nearly every major presidential candidate has done since the 1970s. "We need a president who works for all Americans - and a tax system that does, too", said the organisers of the "Tax March" demonstrations on its website.

Democrats are pushing for a vote on a bill from Representative Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, which would require the president and all major-party nominees to publicly disclose their previous three years of tax returns with the Office of Government Ethics or the Federal Election Commission. "He normally puts his name on buildings where he has them", Cotton said Monday at a town hall in Little Rock, to loud boos from the audience.

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Trump's comments followed a nationwide Tax March that drew thousands of people to dozens of cities on the country's traditionally recognised deadline to file taxes, April 15.

"We do care. We want to see his taxes", said Ann Demerlis, who was among hundreds who marched in Philadelphia.

"We'll have to get back to you on that", he said. Many lawmakers, including some Republicans, have also called on Trump to make them public.

"CHICAGO PROTEST In Chicago, protesters gathered at Daley Plaza around 11 a.m., carrying signs saying "$how me the money" and "Release your taxes" in front of a giant inflatable chicken in the likeness of the president.

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