In separate interviews on Sunday, Donald Trump surrogates Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani praised the GOP presidential nominee for his ability to “maneuver around the tax code,” calling him a “genius.”
Responding to a New York Times report on Saturday that the New York businessman declared such a large loss in his 1995 tax return ― $916 million ― that it “could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years,” both Christie and Giuliani claimed the Times story showed Trump exhibited his “genius” and his policy acumen in utilizing the tax code in such a fashion. But, like Trump himself, neither disputed the facts of the story.
“The headline should have been, Donald Trump takes advantage of legal provisions in tax code. That’s the story,” The former mayor of New York City told ABC’s “This Week.”
Meanwhile on “Fox News Sunday,” Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, praised Trump for his ability to “maneuver around the tax code.”
“What it shows is what an absolute mess the federal tax code is and that’s why Donald Trump is the best person to fix it. There is no one who has shown more genius in their way to maneuver around the tax code,” the governor said.
Trump often likes to brag about his wealth and complain about his tax burden. At Monday’s presidential debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Trump appeared to relish the former secretary of state’s suggestion that he may not have paid any taxes over the years.
“That makes me smart,” he said on stage at Hofstra University in New York.