Responding to an explosive and potentially illegal move by Rachel Maddow earlier on Tuesday night, the Trump White House released portions of the President’s 2005 tax statements before the neo-progressive MSNBC host could reveal them on air.
The documents state that in 2005, Donald Trump turned a profit of over $150,000,000 through his business ventures and paid at least 38 million dollars in taxes.
Disappointingly for Maddow, the most noteworthy element of the tax documents is that First Lady Melania Trump is listed with her maiden name, Melania Knaus. (see photo below)
A White House official was quoted, “You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago.”