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Tax March: Thousands in Denver demand to see Trump's tax returns

Marchers in Raleigh Marchers in Raleigh
Juana Turner | 18 April, 2017, 01:28

Thousands of people took part in the rallies that Trump called "small", including a march to his Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida, where the president usually stays for the weekend.

"I did what was an nearly impossible thing to do for a Republican - easily won the Electoral College!"

Thousands of sign-waving, chanting protesters have marched through streets across America demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns. There are several theories attempting to explain Trump's obstinacy about refusing to release his tax returns, but ultimately it still remains a mystery.

Trump and his administration initially said they couldn't release the tax documents until an ongoing audit of his finances had been completed by the Internal Revenue Service.

The president then followed up by repeating an unsubstantiated claim he's made before that some of the protesters against him were "paid", an allegation that became popular in some right-wing circles in the build up to the 2016 presidential election, before noting that the election was "over".

Besides responding to the Tax March, he fired off a tweet about China and North Korea, wished his supporters a happy Easter and said the United States had no choice but to build a stronger military "than ever before".

Trump wrote on Twitter that "someone" should investigate "who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday".

For the past 40 years, every US president and presidential candidate has released tax documents. The Internal Revenue Service automatically audits presidents and vice presidents every year, and according to a former IRS employee, numerous former presidents' returns have disappeared over the years.

During a rally at the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said, "how can we determine his conflicts of interests or stop him from receiving payments from foreign governments if he won't show us the names of the people and corporations that he is in active partnership with all over the world?"

"If I decide to run for office, I'll produce my tax returns, absolutely", Trump told Irish TV in 2014.

People march demanding President Donald Trump release his tax returns, in NY, U.S., April 15, 2017.

A new poll from the left-leaning MoveOn.org found that 80 percent of Americans, including a majority of Republicans and Democratic voters, want Trump to release his taxes.

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