President Donald Trump told reporters on Sept. 9 that he will be releasing a financial report on himself ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Trump made the promise to release such a report to dispel accusations and concerns that he may be profiting from American taxpayers’ money. This comes after an Air Force stopover at a Scottish airport prompted an inquiry by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, as it included a stay at a resort owned by Trump.
“I haven’t found out other than when a plane stops at a massive international airport and gets fuel; I don’t own the airport … I own a lot of different places. Soon you’ll find that out because I will be—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,” Trump said after he was asked by a reporter about the Air Force stopover in Scotland.
“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. I don’t need to have somebody take a room overnight at a hotel,” he added.
The president also brought up another recent controversy regarding Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to stay at Trump’s property in Doonbeg, Ireland, during a state visit to the country. This stopover also sparked a separate inquiry with the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
“Every time you find a person landing an airplane within 500 miles of something I own, Mike Pence as an example, his family lives in Doonbeg, Ireland, and he’s actually told me that he stayed there many years ago,” Trump said. “I bought it years ago. But he was there before I bought it, I believe he said. A long time ago. He was in Ireland, 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.” read more