Trump won't release tax info unless Obama provides birth certificate
April 19th, 2011
11:26 AM ET
9 years ago

Trump won't release tax info unless Obama provides birth certificate

Washington (CNN) – If Donald Trump runs for president, he says he won't release his tax returns unless President Obama releases his birth certificate.

The latest attention-grabbing sound bite from the media mogul came in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos Tuesday, during which Trump was decidedly non-committal on what his policy toward tax disclosure will be. A presidential candidate is not required by election law to disclose tax returns, though most voluntarily do.

"I think I may tie mine into his birth certificate. But I've built a great company," Trump said. "It's a strong company. It's an under-levered company. I've got a lot of cash and a tremendous net worth, far greater than even numbers that you've read."

But Trump added that he will disclose his financial entanglements and net worth - a figure that few have been able to estimate with any confidence.

"I have a great company. I've done a great job. Which if I run, you'll see what a great job. Because I'll do a full disclosure of finances," he said.


Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • President Obama
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  1. Greg

    I can understand 25% of this nations population being to uninformed to realize that the whole birth thing about Obama has already been debunked over and over again by multiple organizations. However, it seems a little foolish for members of that 25% – Trump and other Republican candidates that continue to try to stoke their fires – to be running for public office. How can you aspire to govern when you can't even do the smallest amout of research to ensure you don't make a fool of yourself. My thinking: Trump knows that the birth issue is nonsense, but he is simply using it to avoid making his taxes public – a requirement to hold public office.

    April 19, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Losano

    James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

    No, Donald TromPETTE, you are not a Christian, for you can't be proud of and be a disciple of jesus Christ at the same time.

    April 19, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. val

    If I remember it well...Trump is the one WHO FILE BANKRUPTCY BEFORE SO WHY DOES HE THINK HE'S ANY BETTER? TWICE DIVORCE...HE'S WEALTH IS ONLY IN PAPER NOT CASH!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. john

    Please please please let this clown be the Republican nominee!

    April 19, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Name Creole

    What ever trick!!!!!

    April 19, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. patnamm

    Now, who's got something to hide?

    April 19, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Bush's National Guard Record? Come one, man.

    April 19, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. ted

    Well, Trumpy, Obama did provide his birth certificate and it has been certified as real. But you do not have to accept it and please don't so that you will not actually try to run for an office you are not qualified to hold. You have no platform or issues you want to talk about other than Obama's birth certificate. Great plan. You are way too rich to know what the working stiffs in this country need and want. So do us a favor and go bankrupt a casino or something, you pompous ass.

    April 19, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Glened

    This is his excuse not to run - because the birthers don't want to believe he's (The President) a citizen of the United States - they won't believe anyone from his past, family members and even friends of his parents much less the hospital or doctors or the vital records of the state he was born. Trump is happy that he' was able to stir up the fire the tea party needs because of their sagging image with voters. He's the male version of the Sarah!

    April 19, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Bill

    Donald, you can fool some of the people most of the time, you can fool all the people some of the time, but you can;t fool all the people all the time. Donald does not do anything unless there is a lot of money in it for him. Donald is also one of the world's biggest manipulators of bull crap ever. I grew up in Philadelphia and bumped into you many times, your manipulation is only outdone by your arrogance. My father was an auditor for the IRS and audited many rich celebrities who have done everything in their power from becomming a minister to putting down speeches they allegedly gave at the same time in California and New York and got caught by a GS-7 Auditor.

    April 19, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. gandoman

    HOW is it possible that someone (TRUMP) not actively engaged in politics would even assume that the American people would accept a 'Junior High' – "I will if you will" – "you first" – "I dare you" – when it comes to public disclosure over their finances or business dealings during an election campaign.
    Does CHILDISH qualify you to become President?
    TRUMPAHOLIC?
    I use that NAME because he is DRUNK with his own importance.
    The Republican NAZI Party might use him, just as Hitler used wealthy people, however, when all is said & done,
    TRUMPAHOLIC will never receive the nomination.
    Vice-President isn't even possible because the Republican NAZI Party only chooses people they can control.
    The American people do not need a wealthy male version of Sarah Palin; Big Mouth, Big Ego & No Substance!
    With no Wall Street Bankers in jail, BIG OIL screwing the country & GREED paying CEO's big bucks again,
    I would hazard a guess that even the average American isn't so stupid (It's contestable) as to want to elect the
    exact type of person who represents all of the above.
    A GREEDY, MONEY HUNGRY, PROFIT TAKING egotistical Con Artist who believes that wealth automatically
    qualifies you as an expert in; Foreign Affairs, Energy Policies, Nuclear Arms, Healthcare, Education, etc., etc., etc.,
    I do not know which is more pathetic .....
    A Republican NAZI Party without any clear cut leadership 18 months before an election ..... or .....
    A Republican NAZI Party with a group of leading candidates who are so different ..... or .....
    Republican NAZI Party front runners who up to now can only agree on '1' thing – "We are right & the Democrats are wrong."
    This isn't politics as usual, this is politics in a Nut House on a Crazy Farm in the Twilight Zone.

    Why wouldn't a political party run by GREED support TRUMPAHOLIC?
    I use that NAME because he is DRUNK with his own importance.
    The Republican NAZI Party will use him, just as Hitler used wealthy people, however, when all is said & done,
    TRUMPAHOLIC wll never receive the nomination.
    Vice-President isn't even possible because the Republican NAZI Party only chooses people they can control.
    The American people do not need a wealthy male version of Sarah Palin; Big Mouth, Big Ego & No Substance!
    With no Wall Street Bankers in jail, BIG OIL screwing the country & GREED paying CEO's big bucks again,
    I would hazard a guess that even the average American isn't so stupid (It's contestable) as to want to elect the
    exact type of person who represents all of the above.
    A GREEDY, MONEY HUNGRY, PROFIT TAKING egotistical Con Artist who believes that wealth automatically
    qualifies you as an expert in; Foreign Affairs, Energy Policies, Nuclear Arms, Healthcare, Education, etc., etc., etc.,
    I do not know which is more pathetic .....
    A Republican NAZI Party without any clear cut leadership 18 months before an election ..... or .....
    A Republican NAZI Party with a group of leading candidates who are so different ..... or .....
    Republican NAZI Party front runners who up to now can only agree on '1' thing – "We are right & the Democrats are wrong."
    This isn't politics as usual, this is politics in a Nut House on a Crazy Farm in the Twilight Zone.

    April 19, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Losano

    In french, "Trump" is short for "trompette", someone who talk too much.

    April 19, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Jack in Florida

    He is an arrogant bag of wind.........making a complete and utter jackass out of himself. I thought he was smarter than this!?!

    April 19, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    My property taxes have gone up dramatically because Trump built some high priced living quarters not too far from me. So, everybody around raised their rent or selling prices. This caused the assessed values of the properties to go up, which means you pay more in property taxes. Trump's building is mostly empty. Rent is too damn high.

    So, along comes a concerned conservative who promises to lower your property taxes. He does just that, and raises your property value even more to make up for it. This cannot contnue forever without a contraction. It came in the form of the Financial Crisis.

    Now homes are empty, which means no taxes being collected. Assessed values are still rising to make up for the lost revenue while the actual selling prices are dropping like rocks. What this means is that my taxes have doubled since 2007. Isn't that nuts?

    We saw decades worth of increases in home selling prices in the span of several years. This was due in part to the "get rich quick in real estate" schemes (flip homes) that were so prevalent during the last decade. I know of several people who were motivated by people like Trump. How many do you know like that?

    April 19, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Check your own "Birth Certificate"

    Everyone should take a second and look at the birth certificates for their family. Of our 4, three of them say Certificate of Live Birth! These were issued by the hospital where my girls were born!

    April 19, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. cf

    We have seen Obama's certificate of birth! He has shown it! Why don't these idiots get it through their skulls??
    Where is YOUR birth certificate, Mr Trump?

    April 19, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Lolo

    Here comes more scams. These republicans and tea party people are really screwed up. And at Jonh how mayn times does President Obama have to show you racists fools his birth certificate? Also regarding old Georgie boy it is shameful that he lied about his military record when there are people who are really serving their country with no questions asked. Bush on the other hand has used his daddy coattails to make it in this world. I see that you are a moron also.

    April 19, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. kylefromohio

    This proves once and for all that being a rich person has nothing to do with being smarter and/or working harder than the next person. Being a person of no feelings toward others people just a feel for money is why people consider him a smart businessmen; Book and World smart he would not get a passing grade on. Also he did go bankrupty some years back, lost most of his money, until someone help he secure a Loan. seem normal to me, Anyone on this blog given the right chance and money could be like a squirrel and find a NUT once in awhile.

    April 19, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. once upon a horse

    @ Really??
    I think he hired the same guys OJ did to find the "real killers"

    April 19, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. GaryB

    Obama has released his birth certificate, and it's the only birth documentation that the State of Hawaii provides. Trump is either ignorant of this fact or he's a grandstanding trust-fund baby liar. In any case, I'd be much more interested in seeing Trump issue a formal apology to the creditors and employees that he basically ripped off when he bankrupted his first few corporations all while building his personal net worth.

    April 19, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Phil in KC

    This guy is just show-boating; playing to the birthers, who are ignorant of the laws. It does not matter if Obama was born outside the US or not. The fact is, his mother is (was) a US citizen and that makes Obama a US citizen by birth. Every Boy Scout who takes Citizenship in the World merit badge knows that.

    April 19, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. tulsa, ok

    Rickster is still a moron.... typical birther moron.

    April 19, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Diana

    This man is arrogant and disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Bryan

    Best picture ever. It pretty much sums up Trump over the last couple months; big mouth and a lot of hot air. It was only 6 months ago that I kind of like Trump. I've lost all respect for him now.

    April 19, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. ingrid

    I say let's get behind Trump. I like paper tigers.

    April 19, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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