During a contentious press conference on Jan. 11, President-elect Donald Trump insisted Americans don't care at all about his taxes (video below).
"Well, I’m not releasing the tax returns because as you know they’re under audit," Trump told a reporter, notes The Washington Post.
The reporter reminded Trump that every president since the 1970s has released their returns, and he cut her off with sarcasm:
Oh gee, I've never heard that. Oh gee, I've never heard that. I've never heard that before. The only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters. No, I don't think so. I won. I became president. I mean, I don’t think they care at all. I don’t think they care at all. I think you care. I think you care.
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A poll by the Pew Research Center on Jan. 10 found that 60 percent of Americans believe that Trump has a responsibility to release his tax returns, while 33 percent think he does not.
The poll also found that Trump has a 39 percent approval rating regarding his explanations for his future policies and plans.
Fifty-eight percent of Americans said Trump was too impulsive, while 34 percent believe he will be fine and 4 percent thought he would be too cautious.
Despite Trump's Cabinet choices and other high level appointments being reported in the media daily, only 34 percent of Americans could name one of them.
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Trump's refusal to release his tax returns because of an audit also rings false. The IRS has said that an audit doesn't stop anyone from releasing their tax returns. President Richard Nixon released his returns while under audit in 1973, reported CNN Money.
During the press conference, Trump also said: "You learn very little from a tax return."
However, The Washington Post reported that claim as untrue by citing information such as "how much money Trump makes, how much he pays in taxes or gives to charity and things about his business partners and investments."
Trump also asserted that he didn't have any business dealings with Russia, but the newspaper notes that Trump's tax returns "would help reveal if this statement is true."