During an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday, Donald Trump confirmed that he won’t release his tax returns saying he “doesn’t believe he has an obligation to release his tax returns and won’t release them before November unless an ongoing audit of his finances is completed before Election Day.”
“There’s nothing to learn from them,” Trump told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. He also has said he doesn’t believe voters are interested.
Don’t count on seeing The Donald’s tax returns even after the audit ends. We reported six weeks ago, thanks to Trump spilling the beans, that he thinks “only a fool would give a tax return …” And one thing we can be certain about is that Trump does not think himself a fool.
So all those times over the last seven months that he told us he would release his tax return, Trump was just playing us for the suckers he believes we all are.
There were other interesting reveals in The Donald’s AP interview.
Trump “doesn’t plan to announce his running mate until the Republican National Convention in July”:
As part of his general election planning, Trump told the AP at his office in New York that he’s moving aggressively to identify a running mate with deep political experience. While he would not provide a full list of names, he did not rule out New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the former rival whom he’s already tapped to head his transition planning.
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Trump said he doesn’t plan to announce his running mate until the Republican National Convention in July, a four-day event that he’s planning to remake with a showman’s touch.
Trump does not plan to invest heavily in a data-driven effort to target voters in the fall campaign:
“I’ve always felt it was overrated,” Trump said. “Obama got the votes much more so than his data processing machine. And I think the same is true with me.”
Trump ruled out taking public campaign financing:
I don’t like the idea of taking taxpayer money to run a campaign. I think it’s inappropriate.
Trump will continue to campaign with big rallies:
Even as he brings in new staff for the general election campaign, he says his emphasis will continue to be on raucous rallies to put him in front of thousands of voters and generate free media coverage.
“My best investment is my rallies,” Trump said. “The people go home, they tell their friends they loved it. It’s been good.”
There you have it. Trump’s unconventional campaign will continue to be unconventional.