Warren Buffett Dares Trump to Release His Tax Returns

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Warren Buffett invites Trump to pick on someone his own size.
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Donald Trump isn’t going to release his tax returns just because virtually every presidential candidate has done so since 1969 — but he may respond to a fellow rich guy triple-dog-daring him to do so.

At a Hillary Clinton event in Omaha, Nebraska, on Monday, Berkshire Hathaway chair Warren Buffett made Trump an offer — “an offer I hope he can’t refuse.” Last week, Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort said his boss will not be releasing his tax returns — though, “It has nothing to do with Russia, it has nothing to do with any country other than the United States and his normal tax auditing process.”

Trump often claims that he can’t release the documents because his taxes are under audit, but Buffett explained that’s yet another thing the candidate made up. “I’ve got news for him, I’m under audit, too. I would be delighted to meet him any time, any place before the election,” Buffett said.

“I’ll bring my tax return. He can bring his tax return. Nobody is going to arrest us. There are no rules against showing your tax returns and just let[ting] people ask questions about the items that are on there,” Buffett continued. “I will meet him in Omaha, or Mar-a-Lago, or he can pick the place.”

The Republican nominee has yet to reply, as he was busy attacking the parents of a dead war hero. But Trump is an extremely tough guy (according to Trump), so surely he’ll respond to Buffett’s school-yard tactics, even if it results in the political equivalent of getting his tongue stuck to a flagpole.