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Rev. Graham on Trump Releasing Tax Returns: 'No Way!' -- A 'Media Frenzy,' 'What His Enemies Want'

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | April 19, 2017 | 2:53 PM EDT

Rev. Franklin Graham. 

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Commenting on the liberal media's demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns, evangelical leader Franklin Graham said, "No Way!" and added that it would become "a media frenzy, which is exactly what his enemies want." 

"Should President Donald J. Trump release his tax returns?" asked rev. Graham in an April 19 post on Facebook. "A lot of liberals keep demanding it."

"The President hasn’t asked for my advice, but I would say—No way!" remarked Rev. Graham.  

President Donald J. Trump.  (Screenshot: FNC) 

"Even if these were published, the average American -- or the average politician, including Senator Chuck Schumer, for that matter -- wouldn’t be able to understand them," said Graham. "President Trump is a billionaire with multiple businesses in multiple states, using our very complicated and corrupt tax code that Congress is responsible for writing—that should be scrapped."

"It would just be another huge distraction, and a media frenzy, which is exactly what his enemies want," said Rev. Graham.

"We don’t need distractions," he said. "We need to let President Trump focus on what America elected him to do."

"We need to get on with the business of solving the problems facing our nation," he said. "Forget the tax returns! We need a simple tax code that all Americans can understand."

Franklin Graham, 64, is the son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham.  Franklin Graham oversees the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and the international Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse.  He regularly comments on current events. 

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman