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
soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    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
    No that title would go to George The Shrub Bush, and then to Sarah Palin.

    April 19, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. mcore

    It's all for show with Trump. Everything he does. He's a media whore and nothing else. Bellow away, you horse's ass. No one is taking you seriously.

    April 19, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. lstro

    Use to respect this guy. For someone who claims to be so smart his actions have actually, turned me off. I no longer desire to watch his TV show, nor will I ever patronize any of his businesses again. Furthermore, he truly is not what I once considered, an honest man. You Donald Duck, have lost my business and I doubt I'm the only one who feels this way.

    April 19, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Kingfisher

    Hey, awesome job making all that money. Did you keep track of how many people you crushed to build your personal empire?

    April 19, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. ABM

    George S. has turned out to be a wimpy interviewer. Why doesn't he challenge Mr. Wigg to show his tax return if our President has his birth certificate available for viewing on-line as well as posted HIS tax returns.

    Mr. Wigg is a total farce and not only un-electable but NON-Presidential! There should be a time limit on announcing. The deadline should be June 30th of the prior year. Put the line in the sand and get these people under the umbrella of the FEC and the "Equal -Time" provisions all networks must follow. I am getting tired of this crap.

    April 19, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. kurtk

    Can I point out to the birthers that any and all canidates are thoroughly investigated by the Secret Service. If there had been something wrong the Secret Service would have notified the authorities who at that time would have been controlled by George Bush. So let me get this straight the birthers would then be calling George Bush and the Secret service liars. So what is it Trump? Are the secret service LIARS? Go back to your tower!

    April 19, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    You haven't supplied YOUR birth crtificate either

    April 19, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Who cares about this grandstanding blowhard?

    April 19, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Indy

    How about the State of Hawaii shows Trump the birth certificate,(as even the President of the United States does not have the power to demand such a document in Hawaii) and Trump pays back every penny he ripped off with his bankruptcy schemes ? Donald Trump needs an IRS audit starting today for all of his Tom Foolery in this pretend scheme of running for President.Trump owes far more than he is worth.

    April 19, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Rickster

    Why do democrats react like Satan getting sprinkled with Holy Water whenever the birth certificate is brought up? It's actually very simple.....just show the original birth certificate, not the certificate of live birth. We all have one. The reaction(or non-reaction) of Obama and the extremely defensive reactions of democrats has made this very suspicious. Those reactions are not what you would expect from normal people when asked to produce a routine document. But, then again, we're not talking about normal people, we're talking about democrats.

    April 19, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Larry

    Is this the beginning of the end of the Trump vanity? Our society, especially the media, has a pattern of nurturing highly delusional monsters for very long periods of time; and whom we later find out to be bipolar.
    Almost every project that Mr. Trump has undertaken has ended up as an abject failure. However, the media keeps propping him up as someone to look up to. Mr. Trump has been kicked out of Las Vegas. He has been kicked out of Atlantic City. He has filed for bankruptcy three times. He has had three failed marriages. His Apprentice show is one of the most outdated and boring programs on television. Trump air was a disastrous failure. Trump University was also a disastrous failure. Certainly, Mr. Trump qualifies as the greatest loser in the history of business, yet he is blaming President Obama for banks refusing to lend him money to speculate with. Contrary to popular mis-information, Mr. Trump is far from being a billionaire. He is not even a millionaire because his liabilities far outweigh his assets. He is only riding on his name recognition.

    April 19, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Vic of New York

    Is this another way for Trump to tell us he's not serious about running? Oh, come on Donnie! You're the most facsinating Republican to come along in years. You've got all those other cookie cutter repugs "Ttrumped" in spades!

    Palin looks like yesterday's leftovers compared to you. Everyone knows Michelle Bachman's mouth is bigger than her brain. You're the only one with any creds. Don't blow it we need you to run against the Pres. Without you the ellection will be a bore. On the other hand, if you can get the rights, you can make it even a bigger success than "The Apprentice"!

    April 19, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Unsympathetic

    How many times does Hawaii have to say this: They have the birth certificate on file but will only release a copy of the certificate of live birth. It's sad to see Trump parading these lies.

    April 19, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Larry

    Continuing in Mr. Trump’s line of thought; it is not only George Bush, but high class real estate hustlers like Mr. Trump himself that gave us President Obama. As far as I am concerned President Obama has done an extremely good job and barring any major setbacks, will easily be re-elected. The only mistake that I personally feel that President Obama has made, is not throwing more over-pampered, fake silk-haired parasites like Mr. Trump into the penitentiary; for causing the greatest economic dislocation that could have turned out to be worse than the Great Depression.

    April 19, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I could care less about Trump's taxes but what I would like to know is why he doesn't think American born women aren't good enough for him that he has to seek a foreign born bride. If Americans are good enough to vote for Trump then they ought to be good enough for him to marry. Trump loves American dollars but he doesn't like American women.

    April 19, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lord God. We just buried Sarah Palin, now here comes Don The Trumpster.
    They are multiplying like cockaroaches.

    April 19, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. John

    In all these comments, there is only one pro-Trump? Like what he says or don't like what he says, he is one of the smartest business men in America. Is it so wrong to ask for Obama's birth certificate? How many of you commented on George W. Bush's National Gaurd record? Probably the same people.

    April 19, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Really???

    Those investigators that he sent to Hawaii sound like the same ones W used to find the WMDs....

    April 19, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Really???

    Just goes to show, "Money can't buy brains."

    April 19, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. kurtk

    Rickster, Why doesn't he just show his Certificate? Because MULTIPLE legal representatives from the Secret Service, The National Election Commission, The Justice Department and the State of Hawaii have ALL certified that he is a natural born citizen. So clearly someone is just trying to cause problems and then blame the Democrats.

    April 19, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Four More For Sure!

    How 'bout those bankruptcies Donnie! Trump is a chump and a joke. The other joke will be on the GOP if they nominate this fool.

    April 19, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Stacey

    Trump is a disgusting idiot.

    April 19, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Stacey

    "Is it so wrong to ask for Obama's birth certificate?"

    These jerks don't care about Obama's birth certificate – not really. They do care about the color of his skin though. The President has a natural, permanent tan and some Americans can't deal with it, hence all the birther garbage.

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

    idiot....enuf said

    April 19, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. willard bullock

    If obama make fail his birth certificate so he will get impeach of his presdient obama 2012

    April 19, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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