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The Latest: Trump stands by wiretapping tweet
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(AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

4:27 p.m.

President Donald Trump is standing by his tweet that the Obama administration wiretapped him last year.

Speaking on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Trump says "wiretap covers a lot of different things."

Trump also says in the interview that he expects "some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next 2 weeks."

Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Intelligence Committee say they have seen no evidence supporting Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him.

The full interview will be aired Wednesday night.


4:22 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he has "no idea" how his 2005 tax documents were made public but says the move was "illegal" and a "disgrace."

Trump says in an interview with Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that the tax records should not have been leaked but he says "it's certainly not an embarrassing tax return at all."

Reporter David Cay Johnston revealed the tax documents in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. The two pages showed that the president earned $150 million in 2005 and paid $38 million in income taxes that year.

Trump refused to release his tax returns during his campaign, breaking precedent with previous presidential nominees.


4:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump is praising the Senate for its support of his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.

The statement Wednesday followed a vote by the Senate Armed Services Committee to re-appoint McMaster as a three-star general "to a position of importance and responsibility."

National security advisers aren't subject to Senate confirmation, but McMaster elected to remain in uniform rather than retire from military service, and generals need the chamber's approval when they're promoted or change assignments.

Trump says in the statement that "the Senate's broad, bipartisan support for General McMaster affirms that he is the right person for this job."


12:15 p.m.

The lottery for tickets to next month's White House Easter Egg Roll opened Wednesday. But hurry, it closes in three days.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump previously announced that the 139-year-old tradition of rolling pastel-colored, hard-boiled eggs across the White House South Lawn will take place April 17.

Tickets are available only through the lottery, which opened at noon Wednesday and closes at noon Saturday. The website is It doesn't cost anything to enter; tickets are also free.

The White House says winners will be notified by email on March 31.

Families with children ages 13 and under may participate in the day of festivities. The annual Easter Egg Roll dates to 1878 and the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes.


11:02 a.m.

The White House says President Donald Trump told a Saudi delegation that he hopes to continue their consultations for regional issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The statement from the White House, released a day after the president's meeting with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, emphasized Trump's "strong desire to achieve a comprehensive, just, and lasting settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

The statement also says that both sides noted the importance of "confronting Iran's destabilizing regional activities" while continuing to enforce the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump and the Saudi delegation also discussed their mutual commitment to fighting "Daesh" — the Trump administration using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group for the first time.


7:30 a.m.

The journalist who received a copy of a portion of President Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns says Trump doesn't want the American people to know who "he's beholden to."

In an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, journalist David Cay Johnston says it's possible that either Trump or someone close to him sent him two pages of Trump's tax return.

Johnston, who says he received the documents by mail, unsolicited, revealed his findings Tuesday on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show."

He says it's possible that he only received two pages of the returns because "somebody isn't going to take the time to copy the entire tax form."

But he notes that the documents still leave many questions unanswered, including "who he's beholden to and what the sources of his income are."


7:10 a.m.

President Donald Trump is criticizing the reporter who released a portion of Trump's 2005 tax return, casting doubt on the reporter's account of how he obtained the form.

The tax forms were obtained by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, and reported on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" Tuesday. Johnston, who has long reported on tax issues, said he received the documents in the mail, unsolicited.

But in a tweet Wednesday, Trump asked, "Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, "went to his mailbox" and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!"

Trump has refused to release his taxes, saying he is under routine IRS audit.

The returns showed that Trump payed a roughly 25 percent effective tax rate thanks to a tax he has since sought to eliminate.


3:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes in 2005, paying a roughly 25 percent effective tax rate thanks to a tax he has since sought to eliminate, according to newly-disclosed tax documents.

The pages from Trump's federal tax return show the then-real estate mogul also reported a business loss of $103 million that year, although the documents don't provide detail. The forms show that Trump paid an effective tax rate of 24.5 percent, a figure well above the roughly 10 percent the average American taxpayer forks over each year, but below the 27.4 percent that taxpayers earning 1 million dollars a year average were paying at the time, according to data from the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.

The tax forms were obtained by journalist David Cay Johnston, who runs a website called, and reported on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show." Johnston, who has long reported on tax issues, said he received the documents in the mail, unsolicited.

Trump's hefty business loss appears to be a continued benefit from his use of a tax loophole in the 1990s, which allowed him to deduct previous losses in future years. In 1995, Trump reported a loss of more than $900 million, largely as a result of financial turmoil at his casinos.

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