An open letter to the 45th President of the United States about his income tax situation. I will put this in the US mail to him.
Anyone is free to use or modify my words to do the same.
President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Trump,
I am a voting citizen of the United States of America. I care about your tax returns.
I request, nay, I order you, to release them. What I pay in federal tax funds your salary, your staff, your Secret Service Protection, your travel and your time in your private estate as well as the public housing in which you live.
As a concerned and responsible citizen, one to whom you, in your inaugural address, gave back the power of government, it is necessary that I see your tax returns.
I do not expect you to become less rich during your time of service. However, you have not been elected king without accountability, but instead as an employee of the United States of America, living at the public trough.
Since we are paying for your expenses during this time, I have a right to know how much you and your family and your privately held companies will benefit from your time in office. What you do after you leave office will be your business. Right now, it is my business and the business of every citizen of the US.
I also have the right to know the extent of your personal indebtedness as well as the corporate indebtedness of your companies to financial institutions, both in the US and elsewhere in the world.
Such debt will inevitably influence decisions made about both domestic and world political affairs. The public, and that means me, must have this information to make informed decisions.
I remind you again: you work for me. It is not the other way around. You have intentionally taken on the role of a public servant. Yes, it has many privileges, but with great privilege comes great responsibility and a great loss of privacy. The privacy of your personal financial dealings was sacrificed the moment you made the decision to run for the Presidency.
It is now time to honor your word.
I am willing to support your Presidency. I did not vote for you, but my husband and other family members did. I am willing to give you time to show the world that you have the expertise and talent to live up to your promises. But for now, and for foreseeable future, your time as President will remain under a dark and growing cloud of suspicion because of your unwillingness to live up to the demands of being the chief public servant.
Again, it is now time to honor your word.
Release your tax returns without exception and without further excuse.
The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas
Registered voter, Denton County, Texas.