Franklin Graham Says ‘No Way’ Trump Should Release Tax Returns

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U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he hosts a CEO town hall on the American business climate at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, U.S., April 4, 2017.

Prominent evangelist Franklin Graham, the son of the legendary Billy Graham, is encouraging President Donald Trump not to release his tax returns, noting that releasing the tax returns would cause nothing but a distraction.

Graham, who leads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse humanitarian organization, wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday that there is “no way” Trump should cave to liberal demands and release his tax returns.

Graham was commenting on a New York Times article from earlier this week that asserts that Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns will make it harder for him to fulfill his promise to pass a serious reform in the federal tax code.

“Should President Donald J. Trump release his tax returns? A lot of liberals keep demanding it,” Graham wrote. “The President hasn’t asked for my advice, but I would say — No way!”

Graham contended that even if Trump were to release his tax returns, like every president has done for the last four decades, most people wouldn’t be able to comprehend them because of the complexity of Trump’s tax situation as a billionaire businessman.

“Even if these were published, the average American — or the average politician, including Senator Chuck Schumer [D-N.Y.], for that matter — wouldn’t be able to understand them,” Graham argued. “President Trump is a billionaire with multiple businesses in multiple states, using our very complicated and corrupt tax code that Congress is responsible for writing — that should be scrapped.”

“It would just be another huge distraction, and a media frenzy, which is exactly what his enemies want,” he continued. “We don’t need distractions. We need to let President Trump focus on what America elected him to do. We need to get on with the business of solving the problems facing our nation — Forget the tax returns! We need a simple tax code that all Americans can understand.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith