Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas was booed after defending President Donald Trump's refusal to disclose his tax returns during a town hall on April 17 in Little Rock (video below).
A voter asked Cotton if lawmakers would force Trump turn over the records, notes The Hill:
My question is you in Congress and in the Senate have the power to subpoena these tax returns. The president said during the campaign that he would not release the tax returns while he was under audit.
Now, he said the election has happened and he doesn’t need to release his tax returns. I’m wondering if you’ll take the initiative to have him release those returns so we can see what kind of connections he has with different countries around the world, and what tax proposals would personally benefit him and his family.
"As far as I’m aware, the president says he’s still under audit," Cotton responded to a chorus of boos.
Trump is not legally prevented from releasing his tax returns while under audit, as former President Richard Nixon did so in 1973, noted CNN in 2016.
"The president is also right that this was not a secondary or side issue of the campaign this was a central issue of the campaign," Cotton added. "[Former Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton and her campaign repeated criticized President Trump for. He won despite all that."
More people booed and groaned as Cotton continued:
As far as your points about his relationships overseas, I would just make two replies. First, every federal officeholder, every candidate for office files a financial disclosure statement that shows your assets and your liabilities.
And second, it doesn't take a lot of effort to find out where Donald Trump has connections overseas. He normally puts his names on buildings.
The anger at Trump and Cotton didn't end there. ABC News reporter Josh Haskell tweeted a clip of voters chanting "Lock him up!" when Cotton praised Trump's foreign policy.
That same day, Trump called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "congratulate him on his recent referendum victory and to discuss the United States' action in response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons," said a White House press release, reports The Hill.
The referendum win reportedly eliminates the office of prime minister, and gives Erdogan new powers to appoint judges and ministers; Turkish opposition groups contested the result of the referendum count.
Erdogan has been tightening his control over Turkey since a failed coup in 2016.