Donald Trump was dismissive of questions raised by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney that the GOP frontrunner may have over-stated his wealth, or short-changed the Internal Revenue Service. Trump said that Romney is a “dope” to call for his tax returns. In a Twitter post, Trump wrote on Feb. 25 "Mitt Romney, who was one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics, is now pushing me on tax returns. Dope!"
Speaking on Feb. 24, Romney said on Fox News’s “Your World” program with Neil Cavuto, “I think there’s something there," about Trump’s tax returns. "Either he’s not anywhere near as wealthy as he says he is, or he hasn’t been paying the kind of taxes we would expect him to pay.” Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on “Your World.”
“We’re going to select our nominee,” said Romney. “We really ought to see from all three of these fellows what their taxes look like to see if there’s an issue there,” he added, also pointing to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, “I think in Donald Trump’s case, it’s likely to be a bombshell.”
“The reason I think there’s a bombshell in there is because every time he’s asked about his taxes, he dodges and delays and says ‘well, we’re working on it.’ Hey, we’re not talking about the taxes that are coming due this year… We’re talking about taxes that already filed,” Romney. Millionaire Romney added, “This was an issue in my [2012] campaign. That’s why I’m so sensitive to it,” Romney said.
It was In 2012 that President Obama’s campaign called on Romney to release five more years of personal tax returns after the former governor’s campaign said he had not paid more than 13 percent in taxes in the previous ten years.
When Cavuto asked Romney whether he was alleging that Trump is not actually contributing to charity what he claims, Romney said “Well, if his taxes show that he hasn’t made any contributions to the disabled veterans… that would be a big issue, and I’m not saying that’s the case.” He added, “I’m just saying there are things that could be issues.”
 “Perhaps he hasn’t been giving money to the veterans or to the disabled like he’s been telling us he’s been doing. I think that’s the reason there’s a bombshell [in his returns],” he said.
Trump had already responded to Romney, slamming the former GOP presidential candidate for losing the 2012 election, besides saying he was "awkward" and "goofy" when the former governor asked for the casino developer and real estate magnate's endorsement.
Romney told Cavuto that voters have a right to see the candidates’ tax returns, noting that neither Trump, nor Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz have released them. “If in fact [their] taxes have some real problems, let’s get them out there and see them,” he said. “When people decide they don’t want to give you their taxes, it’s usually because there’s something they don’t want you to see,” Romney said.
Trump has already submitted a financial disclosure form when he announced candidacy, disclosing his  net worth to be about $10 billion.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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