Trump administration says it won’t release tax returns from foreign trips


Trump administration officials have said that they won’t publicly release records related to trips abroad by the president and his family.

“The White House does not plan to release travel records from the last four years, which are currently subject to a FOIA exemption,” said a statement from White House spokesperson Kristine Phillips on Thursday.

The White tome is expected to release an initial batch of Trump travel records on Monday, a day after Trump, the 45th president of the United States, makes his first public appearance since returning to the White House from a three-day international trip in August.

The move comes as Republicans in Congress have called for a new round of tax returns and a full accounting of Trump’s finances as he moves forward with a presidential transition to assume power in January.

The House Ways and Means Committee is expected in the coming days to produce a draft of the full tax returns.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both parties on Tuesday sent a letter to Trump and the White Houses senior adviser on tax policy, Larry Kudlow, asking for a release of the information.

“While it is a normal practice for administrations to release information relating to travel overseas, it is important to note that the WhiteHouse is not yet releasing travel records for the period during which the president was president,” the lawmakers wrote.

The president has said he’s focused on his transition and has not made any trips abroad, although he has previously said he would like to.

He is scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Germany on Thursday, the first such trip since taking office.

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