Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Trump boasts about victory in response to tax returns pressure

Trump boasts about victory in response to tax returns pressure

In Berkeley, Calif., police arrested at least 20 people at unrelated gatherings of about 200 pro- and anti-Trump people in a park after fist fighting erupted.

Police in riot gear confiscated sticks, knives and fireworks that were being hurled in the melee, after failed efforts to separate the events with makeshift fencing.

"Now Tax Returns are brought up again?" added Trump on Twitter. Yesterday, in Washington, New York and dozens of other cities, protesters loudly said that's not the case.

Since the resignation of Richard Nixon, all presidential candidates of both parties have released their tax returns prior to the election.

President Donald Trump reminded left wing activists nationwide that he won the election in a series of tweets Sunday morning.

The release of tax returns is valuable as a measure of character and transparency. Trump's motorcade took a little longer than usual to get back to his resort from Florida's Trump International Golf Club where the president had spent his Saturday, on account of taking a slight detour to avoid the marches.

"It's the same thing that was discussed during the campaign: The president is under audit", White House Press Secretary Spicer said Monday when asked if Trump would release his 2016 returns.

Presidents and Vice Presidents are automatically subjected to tax audits by the IRS as a matter of routine practice - a fact that has not stopped previous holders of those offices from publicly releasing their returns.

But 71-year-old Ilene Singh says he's wrong. "I hope Republicans see it".

Also read: As Tax Day approaches, this is the No. 1 concern of most Americans.

However, White House aides have not provided reporters with names of President Trump's golf partners - a game he plays often and often conducts business during.

But in February, a CBS News poll found that 56 percent of Americans think it's necessary for him to release his tax returns. Trump's break with precedent has raised questions about possible conflicts of interest.

Besides responding to the Tax March, he fired off a tweet about China and North Korea, wished his supporters a happy Easter and said the United States had no choice but to build a stronger military "than ever before".

Trump has continually cited his audit as his reasoning for not releasing his returns.

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