CNN
Now playing
00:47
Trump: People don't care about my tax returns
HXNA87 Donald Trump with his parents Mary and Fred Trump
 1994  © RTalensick / MediaPunch
MediaPunch Inc/Alamy Stock Photo
HXNA87 Donald Trump with his parents Mary and Fred Trump 1994 © RTalensick / MediaPunch
Now playing
02:42
NYT: Dad passed huge fortune to Trump
Sarah Sanders whpb 10032018
CNN
Sarah Sanders whpb 10032018
Now playing
01:17
Sanders: NYT story a totally false attack
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 01:  U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with members of his cabinet November 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. During his remarks, Trump commented on the recent terror attack in New York City and discussed changing U.S. immigration laws to possibly prevent future attacks.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Win McNamee/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 01: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with members of his cabinet November 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. During his remarks, Trump commented on the recent terror attack in New York City and discussed changing U.S. immigration laws to possibly prevent future attacks. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:21
Remember when Trump refused to release his tax returns?
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 12:  Donald Trump and Fred Trump attend "The Art of the Deal" Book Party on December 12, 1987 at Trump Tower in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 12: Donald Trump and Fred Trump attend "The Art of the Deal" Book Party on December 12, 1987 at Trump Tower in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Now playing
03:08
NYT: Trump helped his parents evade taxes
PAUL J. RICHARDS/Getty Images
Now playing
00:51
Trump: I'm 'smart' for paying no taxes (2016)
Donald Trump, real estate mogul, entrepreneur, and billionare, utilizes his personal helicopter to get around on August 1987 in New York City.
Joe McNally/Getty Images
Donald Trump, real estate mogul, entrepreneur, and billionare, utilizes his personal helicopter to get around on August 1987 in New York City.
Now playing
02:20
NYT: Trump helped parents 'dodge taxes,' commit 'fraud'
Now playing
01:57
GOP lawmaker wants to look at Trump's taxes
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 25:  U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the Rose Garden at the White House July 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump began the news conference by announcing that Senate Republicans had passed a procedural vote on repealing Obamacare.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 25: U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the Rose Garden at the White House July 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump began the news conference by announcing that Senate Republicans had passed a procedural vote on repealing Obamacare. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:38
Is Trump really a 'big loser' under tax plan?
Now playing
01:36
King: Nothing wrong with inheriting money
democrats comedians pressure shaming trump release taxes
Getty Images
democrats comedians pressure shaming trump release taxes
Now playing
02:04
Critics, comedians mock Trump on Tax Day
CNNMoney/Shutterstock/Getty Images
Now playing
01:02
Mnuchin: Trump isn't releasing tax returns
mccain newday
CNN
mccain newday
Now playing
03:04
McCain: Trump should release tax returns
Sean spicer 4-17
CNN
Sean spicer 4-17
Now playing
01:09
Spicer on Trump's taxes: Nothing has changed
Demonstrators march through downtown Houston demanding greater governmental transparency and the release of President Donald Trump's tax returns during a protest Saturday, April 15, 2017. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle/AP
Demonstrators march through downtown Houston demanding greater governmental transparency and the release of President Donald Trump's tax returns during a protest Saturday, April 15, 2017. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Now playing
01:15
Tax marches across the US
Maxine Waters Impeach Trump chant _00000000.jpg
Maxine Waters Impeach Trump chant _00000000.jpg
Now playing
01:15
Rep. Waters leads impeach Trump chant
(CNN) —  

President Donald Trump will not release his tax returns – even after the audit he’s frequently cited is completed – senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday.

In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Conway was pressed on whether the White House will respond to more than 200,000 petition signatures calling on Trump to release his tax returns.

“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns,” Conway said.

“We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care,” she said. “They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: Most Americans are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like. And you know full well that President Trump and his family are complying with all the ethical rules, everything they need to do to step away from his businesses and be a full-time president.”

02:31 - Source: CNN
Did Trump use an illegal method of avoiding taxes?

During his presidential campaign, Trump became the first major party nominee since 1972 not to release his tax returns – citing ongoing IRS audits, saying he would do so once those audits were completed.

Conway sought to clarify her comments Sunday night, asserting there had been no change in position from the campaign.

“Our position from the campaign has not changed,” Conway said. “He is under audit and has been advised by accountants and lawyers not to release.”

She did not say whether he would release them at conclusion of the audit.

Trump repeated the claim that the audit is responsible for his delay in releasing his tax returns at a news conference less than two weeks from his inauguration.

“I’m not releasing the tax returns because, as you know, they’re under audit,” Trump said then.

He also claimed that the public isn’t interested in his tax returns.

“You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, OK? They’re the only ones,” he said.

Trump’s comments are directly contradicted by most major public polls on the issue. A CNN poll from October found that 73% of registered voters surveyed think Trump should release his tax returns for public review, including about half of Republicans at 49%.

CNN’s Jeff Zeleny contributed to this report.