Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Trump will spread the migrant "burden" to sanctuary cities

Posted April 16, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks during a round table with supporters in San Antonio, Texas, on April 10, 2019.

Sanders condemned efforts by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal to review Trump's tax returns, saying she doesn't believe congressional Democrats are "smart enough" to review the documents. This led to Neal setting a new deadline of April 23 for a response.

Sanders also defended Trump when Stephanopoulos pointed out that some had accused the president's tweets of inciting anti-Muslim violence against her.

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Mr Trump has claimed previously that he could not to release his tax returns because they were being audited by the IRS.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday that "these are complicated legal issues" with "enormous precedence in terms of potentially weaponizing the IRS". White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced an "extensive review" of the potential plan on ABC's "This Week" after Trump confirmed press reports that his administration had proposed the controversial move.

President Trump on Monday announced illegal immigrants will be "given" to Sanctuary Cities and States, pending official decisions from the Department of Homeland Security. The IRS is a part of Treasury. Mnuchin himself has argued that requesting the President's personal tax returns now rises to a level that he needs to be involved. We need a law. "I'll let you know fast".

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He said the department would probably respond by Mr Neal's deadline but did not say whether he would provide the returns as demanded.

Neal asked the IRS to surrender six years of president's tax revenue within a week. This has been his excuse since the time he jumped in the presidential race in 2016, for breaking with a decades-long tradition of USA presidents and nominees releasing their tax returns. Trump claimed it wouldn't make sense to release his tax returns while, he said, they are under audit. Neal's request for the returns of a sitting president is unprecedented, and legal experts say its success or failure may depend on a court ruling about the committee's legislative objective for seeking the documents. Sanders explained that Americans "will have to see what happens on that front", but noted that the president already filed "hundreds of pages" of disclosures and a judge ruled against releasing the returns under the Freedom of Information Act.

The US President threatened on "placing illegal immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only" earlier this week, blaming the Democrats for the country's "weak" immigration laws.

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"In California, the governor wants to have a lot of people coming in, refugees coming in, a lot of sanctuary cities, so we'll give them to the sanctuary cities maybe to take care of if it's that the way we want it", he said during an event at the White House.