Donald Trump on Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns in 2012: ‘Better off Just to Release Them Now’

Mitt Romney (L) and Donald Trump arrive at a news conference held by Trump to endorse Romney for president February 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Donald Trump is being criticized by 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney because the New Yorker hasn’t released his personal tax returns. Four years ago, though, it was Trump who was suggesting Romney may have to release his.

“In Jan. 2012, speaking to Fox’s Greta Van Susteren, the real estate mogul discussed Mitt Romney, who was then a candidate seeking the Republican nomination,” Mediaite reports. “Romney had endured similar calls to disclose his tax returns.”

Van Susteren asked Trump in 2012 about Romney, saying, “If he called you in light of the situation he [is] in now from clamoring from opponents, would it political be shrewd he would release them now?”

“I think he may have to,” Trump responded.

I think he a step went too far. I think that April 1st or April 2nd was okay. But now I think in light of the fact that he started discussing some of the things, namely the rate or approximately the rate, I think it probably be better off just to release them now.