In the latest twist to President Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns, he speculated in a new interview that he might publicize them after he leaves office, seemingly undercutting his long-stated reason that he is unable to release them because he is under audit.
During the interview, published Thursday by the Economist, the magazine asked Trump a if he would consider releasing his tax returns in exchange for Democratic support for his tax reform plan. Maintaining that “nobody cares” about his tax returns “except for the reporters,” Trump floated the possibility he would release them after his presidency ends.
“Maybe I’ll release them after I’m finished because I’m very proud of them, actually,” Trump said. “I did a good job.”
The White House’s official reason for Trump not releasing his tax returns is that he’s under a years-long audit, which is also the reason the candidate gave during the campaign. An IRS rule mandates presidents are audited every year, and previous presidents have released their returns anyway.
Before Trump, all major party nominees in modern political history have also released their tax returns, and the celebrity businessman-turned-political candidate initially indicated he would follow precedent before reversing himself.