President Donald Trump said he would give out his financial condition to the public before the 2020 election and it would be an “extremely complete” financial report.
Speaking to reporters at the White House before leaving for a campaign rally in North Carolina on Monday, Sept. 9, President Trump also said the numbers from the financial report will be “extremely shocked.”
“At some point prior to the election, I’m going to be giving out a financial report of me and it’ll be extremely complete,” he said. “I’m going to give out my financial condition and you’ll be extremely shocked that the numbers are many many times what you think.”
The president was responding to reporters after he was asked about why an Air Force crew used his properties in Scotland for overnight stays while refueling the planes and amid scrutiny of Vice President Mike Pence’s stay last week at a Trump resort in Doonbeg, Ireland, according to The Associated Press.
Reporters raised the question as Democrats are investigating the government spending at President Trump’s properties as part of their broader probe into everything related to the president.
However, President Trump told reporters that his upcoming financial report will indicate he does not need the money.
“I don’t need to have somebody take a room overnight at a hotel,” the president said.
Regarding Mike Pence, President Trump denied he had suggested vice president stay at his resort where Pence’s family stayed in Doonbeg many years ago, before he bought it.
“But he was in Ireland and so he said, you know, what I’ll do I’ll see my family. I didn’t know about that. But I can say, he has good taste,” President Trump said.
President Trump files his financial disclosures with the Office of Government Ethics each year. A disclosure filed earlier this year showed the president took in at least $453 million in revenue in 2018 and he owes at least $315 million to various banks.
House Democrats have sought a lawsuit to get President Trump’s federal tax returns, but a federal judge in Washington on Aug. 29 denied the motion by Democrats, questioning “Why only now does the Committee (on Ways and Means) ask for expedited consideration of this matter.”
In fact, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has audited Donald Trump for years. If the president evaded any taxes, he could not avoid punishment even before he could run for the presidency.