Donald Trump talks one on one with NewsChannel5

Posted at 10:01 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 14:10:03-04

Before his rally at the University of Akron on Monday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump talked one-on-one with NewsChannel 5.

Read a portion of the interview transcript below. View the full interview in the media player above. 

John Kosich: The Clinton campaign calling on you again to release your taxes, implying though for the first time the reason why you're not is not the audit but because your business owed hundreds of millions of dollars to the Bank of China or Russian businessmen with ties to the Kremlin. Your reaction to that?

Donald Trump: That's totally false. Look, I have mortgages on my property, I'm very under leverage, I have very little debt, tremendous net worth, but I have very, very small debt. And we have mortgages out to different banks...I'll probably release a list of banks we have mortgages to but, in terms of the values, it's a very, very small debt that I have. And they know that, they understand that and they're trying to get away from the email situation. Because every time they say, about the tax returns...which by the way I will release them when I'm not under audit. I'm under a very routine audit. I've been under an audit for years. Every year they audit my tax returns...

John Kosich: Would that be before the election?

Donald Trump: I hope so. I mean if I'm finished by then it will be before the election but it's a routine audit and I'll release them after the audit, no problem.