Trump lashes tax return protesters

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President Donald Trump has lashed out over the tax return protests. Picture: AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File

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US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has hit back at nationwide protests calling for him to release his tax returns in a wideranging Easter Sunday Twitter tirade.

“Someone should look into who paid for the small organised rallies yesterday. The election is over!” the president tweeted on Sunday morning.

That message came about an hour after an earlier tweet when he appeared to suggest the matter was a non-issue.

“I did what was almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?” Mr Trump tweeted.

Mr Trump, who is spending the Easter weekend at his Mar-a-lago resort in Florida, has previously said Americans don’t care about his returns.

His messages came after thousands of protesters gathered on Saturday in cities across America to pressure him to release his tax returns, a move of transparency he has repeatedly rejected.

The demonstrations were timed to coincide with the traditional April 15 deadline for annual tax filings, a key date on the calendar for US households, and resulted in dozens of arrests.

Mr Trump, a billionaire property tycoon, released a financial statement but has kept his tax returns private, both during the election campaign and since taking office in January.

While argues that he cannot release them because he is being audited, tax officials say he can if he wants to.

A woman in Seattle holds a sign that reads "Show us your tax returns, Comrade" at a rally calling for President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. Picture: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

A woman in Seattle holds a sign that reads “Show us your tax returns, Comrade” at a rally calling for President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. Picture: AP Photo/Ted S. WarrenSource:AP

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In his early morning tweetstorm, Mr Trump also reinforced his commitment to the armed forces under his control. “

Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before,” he tweeted.

More directly on North Korea, the president returned to a theme of placing much onus on China for reining in the North.

Last week, he said he would not declare China a currency manipulator, pulling back from a campaign promise, as he looks for help from Beijing, which is the North’s dominant trade partner.

“Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem? We will see what happens!” he tweeted on Sunday.

Into this tense environment, Vice President Mike Pence made his first trip to the region since taking office in January.

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