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. Anonymous

    The birther nonsense needs to stop. President Obama released his birth certificate long ago. His mother was an American so he could have been born on Pluto and he would be an American. Give it up folks.

    Maybe the Donald isn't releasing his tax returns because he's not as rich as he would like people to believe. He a phony with everything else...

    April 19, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Robert Cloosdoosch

    What an arrogant egotistical fool.
    Trump is a guy that was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.

    April 19, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. C. Howe Yulikit

    And now we know the reason for the "birther" garbage – to use as an excuse not to provide financial documents that will prove that this man is a complete financial FAILURE. Why do you think he needs a television show and a potential gig at Fox? He has declared bankruptcy 3 times and is nearing a fourth.

    April 19, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Pete from St Paul

    Trump was born in Canada. His rich mom was up there doing some kind of rich people stuff when she suddenly went into labor. She called Queens and his grandma called the hospital and got a birth certificate made up. So, tell everyone this truthful rumor. Donald Trump was born in Canada! Since I am on a roll here; let me tell you. Obama was born in Germany. His mom was catching a flight back from Kenya on a connecting flight in Germany when she went into labor. She called Hawaii and his grandma called the hospital and had a birth certificate made up. This is the truth of this rumor also.

    April 19, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Arty

    This guy is as dense as a dung beetle. I wonder why people even listen to him. I guess he portrays a typical American.
    This is actually an insult to all American who are literate, as well he plays with the Illiteracy and ignorance that is prevalent in the vast part of America. This guy is making America become the loughing stock of the world.

    April 19, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. ACE

    Hey side show Donald 'Your fired" and you haven't even gotten the job yet. Rosie makes 10 times more sense than this loud mouth bottom feeder.

    April 19, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. TM

    Obama HAS released his birth certificate. The ONLY one he is required to. Deal with it.

    April 19, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Ugly hair (ugly in general) man doesn't want us to know the real truth about his finances which means there's much more in the closet.
    Right now presidential candidates have to produce financial and medical (still waiting on the bimbo's fromAK) papers.
    This guy has taken the place of the fading "north star" (barf). He is the male version.
    You have a low class reality show just like springer. Your views on what to do with, just one example, China is downright scary!!!
    Go luve in one of your many mansions. Maybe, likd mccain, you don't know how many you have as you have screwed evsdyone who ever trustex you in a business deal.

    April 19, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. sammieb51

    Take this birther thing to the courts Donald. Put your money where your mouth is!

    April 19, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Barry2952

    Why does anybody listen to this guy?

    April 19, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Chuck

    Arty Trump is not the only reason America is the laughing stock of the world America is the reason We have all become lazy arrogant idiots.

    April 19, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. here we go again

    Mr. " You're fired" and Mrs." I Quit " 2012 lol u gotta admitt it's entertaining.

    April 19, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. emma

    Donald, will you ever stop telling the world about how wonderful you are?

    April 19, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Peter

    Trump is just an opportunist who knows how to say whatever it takes to keep himself in the news. He will never make it beyond runoff, if he runs at all. His end game is to inflate his standing as a commodity for TV shows, book deals, etc. Kinda reminds me of a certain Alaskan......

    April 19, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Well the President has already released his Birth Certificate and taxes. So let's see what you raked in last year Donald.

    April 19, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What happenned to your INVESTIGATORS in Hawaii??? Did they EVER leave the mainland? Probably not.
    Meanwhile, if you're serious about running for anything, you WILL produce your tax records just like President Obama produced his birth cetificate, chump!

    April 19, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. lynn

    What happened to Trump's team of investigators that went to Hawaii looking for proof Obama was not born there. Apparently they aren't finding what he hoped for, so he's still using the smokescreen of show me yours and I'll show you mine. He has no intention of opening his personal finances, that would show him to be the phony he really is.

    April 19, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Tony in Maine

    He's even more childish than I thought.

    April 19, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Howard

    This is really shaping up into something exiting. First Trump can knock Sarah Palin out of the box and then "Mr Humble" will get thrown out. The really sad thing here is that the Republicans will be left with no one else except the same old retreads.
    Donald Trump is no more than a good punchline at the end of a very sad joke!!

    April 19, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Rick

    Trump is a birther solely because he needs a reason not to show his tax returns. His tax returns will probably establish he is a fraud in his claims about his success.

    April 19, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Dan

    Who Cares? stop giving this jerk the time of day.

    April 19, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. twmcn

    I think we found a roommate for Glenn Beck – at the nice rest home with the padded walls and rubber floor!

    April 19, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. FM

    We want all to know what is Donald Trump hiding!!! Why not release his Tax returns. What is it in there, that he doesn't want other people to see!!!

    April 19, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. C. Phelps

    Vote for this fool and he will be filing the Chapter 13 paperwork for the USA right after he gives himself a big fat pay raise.

    April 19, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. SJohn

    Not a problem – I am sure if Mr. Trump's tax info is not released, I am sure the Democrats will be glad to provide their version of it. That should force him out of the closet.

    April 19, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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