Trump won't release tax info unless Obama provides birth certificate
April 19th, 2011
11:26 AM ET
11 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. CNN watcher

    He keeps becoming a bigger joke and CNN still reports his every single move. Why?? Enough of this clown already. Real news, please.

    April 19, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. arduck

    what a jerk.

    April 19, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. rs

    Poor Trump- how can one get so rich and be so clueless?

    April 19, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. michael , MN

    We have yet to see his Birth certificate – we saw the EXACT same thing Obama had – so by the Birther ( mor – on ) standard Trump could be from France as far as we know

    April 19, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Dave

    I guess Sarah Palin's been quiet lately so they have to report on the comings and goings of another clown

    April 19, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. bobbydigits

    Well, since President Obama has released his tax return, does that mean Trump will release his birth certificate?

    April 19, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. ...

    Trump is a fool.

    April 19, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Logic

    I think that is a smart move by The Donald. Now he'll never show his tax info.

    April 19, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Who is asking

    Nobody is asking for his financial documents...
    He is trying to grab limelight by any means possible.

    April 19, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Newton Minow

    Trump for Pres, Omarosa for Veep. Go team!

    April 19, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Larry

    Who does this guy think he is – making demands of the President of the United states?

    April 19, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. once upon a horse

    pretty soon this joke is going to run it's course. One thing I would like to see though is Trump call out all the other GOP hopefuls and tell us why he's better than them that includes Newt, Palin, Bachmann, "pretty Ricky" you know tell us Donnie why you'd be a better presiden than Palin. I DARE YOU to!

    April 19, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Jerome

    Hey Donald (and the rest of you Birthers)! How many times does a person have to show their Birth certificate? Get over it and yourselfs! How about you showing us your real hair. This is nothing more then you trying to drum up viewers for your show. By the way, we are not watching. So, you're fired!

    April 19, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Leslie

    He's stalling, he can't wait to tell us how much $$ he has. He is the ultimate blowhard.

    April 19, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. DrewInPortland

    Obama has provided what the State of Hawaii provides... to anyone... for any legal purpose. Guess Trump isn't that interested in running. What a tool.

    April 19, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. BD70

    So that is his out huh? Is this check mate then?

    April 19, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Sandra, Atl

    This man gets to be a bigger joke everyday. He probably doesn't want to release his tax returns because he doesn't want Tea partiers to know he probably doesn't pay taxes....of course just like his bankruptcies, that's not HIS fault!

    April 19, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Kenny

    Donald "CHUMP" Trump will not release his tax statements unless President Obama shows his Birth Certificate? PROMISE? If that is true I will stand guard over the vault that holds the birth certificate of the President to insure it does not get released because then Trump would not meet the elegibility rules to run for the office of President. All Donald Trump does day in and day out is put his foot in his stupid mouth and demostrate to the nation the level of his stupidity and just how big a fool he is.

    April 19, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. maf

    What a shill!!! Trump must be loving CNN, as they put everything he says on here immediately. What better way to feed an egomaniac. Such broad statements, continuing with the "birther" comments. . .
    Time for him to put up or shut up!! Why wait until June? He's trying to drive up ratings for Celebrity Apprentice so that he can re-negotiate his NBC contract. Maybe they can cancel his show and force his hand. The sooner he gets in the race, the sooner he will be exposed. Maybe this is his new reality show? The only one enjoying it's success is, you guessed it, "the Donald"!!! HaHaHaHa

    April 19, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    We love you Donald!! Keep whacking "the most transparent president in history" who refuses to disclose ANYTHING about himself. Personally, I'd hold out for his college transcripts and papers.

    April 19, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Rob

    I never thought someone could be worst listening to then Sarah Palin. But, Trump has managed to do it. Thanks for the laughs.

    April 19, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Peter, NC

    What a dolt. How many times have you filed bankruptcy, Donald? Now there's a real businessman.

    CNN – STOP GIVING THIS IDIOT THE SPOTLIGHT!!!!!!!!! He is irrelevant, and the only reason he's been on your air is because Piers Morgan has a chub for him.

    April 19, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Andrew

    So don't release your tax records. Who cares?
    Just don't expect to be considered if you are unwilling to release your tax info.

    April 19, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Kenny

    Trump / Palin in 2012. "You're Fired & I Quit"

    April 19, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Ryan

    Trump is like my nieghbor's dog; big, dumb, and loud.

    April 19, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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