President Donald Trump now says he’s open to releasing his tax returns — after he leaves office.
When asked in an interview published Thursday by The Economist, Trump found no reason to make his tax returns public even if it means Democrats would get on board with his tax plan — a bare bones version of which was unveiled last month.
“I doubt it. Because they’re not going to … nobody cares about my tax return except for the reporters,” Trump said. “Oh, at some point I’ll release them. Maybe I’ll release them after I’m finished because I’m very proud of them actually. I did a good job.”
Trump has often said he can’t release his tax returns because he is under an IRS audit, although he has yet to show proof of it. He implied to The Economist that his taxes aren’t going to be done any time soon, so he wouldn’t want to release them as part of a political agreement.
“I would never do it,” Trump said. “That would be … I think that would be unfair to the deal. It would be disrespectful of the importance of this deal. Because the only people that find that important are the reporters.”
While Trump has dodged personally releasing his tax returns as every president since Richard Nixon has done, portions of previous returns have been leaked publicly — although it’s unclear who is responsible.