In less than 24 hours after it was posted online, a petition calling on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns has garnered more than 232,000 signatures–more than enough to warrant an official response from the White House.
However, Donald Trump will not release his tax returns —even after the audit he’s frequently cited is completed— senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday on Meet The Press.
Pressed on whether the White House will respond to more than 232,000 petition signatures calling on Trump to release his tax returns, Conway said:
“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns.”
The sheer number of signatures makes the petition by far the most popular link on the website known as “We the People”, which established by the Obama administration and miraculously survived the Trump transition.
According to the rules set by the Obama administration, any petition that received at least 100,000 signatures within 30 days must receive an official White House response. But now is clear that Trump won’t follow the rules… as always.
during his first official press conference last week, Trump reiterated his refusal to release the tax returns, claiming that journalists were the only ones interested in the documents. Trump’s comments are directly contradicted by most major public polls on the issue. A CNN poll from October found that 73% of registered voters surveyed think Trump should release his tax returns for public review, including about half of Republicans at 49%.
Additionally, recent polling data, however, has consistently shown that “a majority of Americans want to know what’s in Trump’s tax records,” according to PolitiFact.
America demands a response. Release your taxes now, Mr. Trump!