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Christie, Giuliani: Trump's Manipulation of Tax Law Shows 'Genius'



    Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie argued Sunday that a New York Times report revealing that Donald Trump might have avoided paying taxes for 18 years shows the Republican candidate is a "genius" and uniquely qualified to overhaul the federal tax code, NBC News reported.

    "There's no one who has shown more genius in their way to maneuver around the tax code and to rightfully use the laws to do that," Christie, a close Trump advisor, said on "Fox News Sunday.

    Christie noted that Trump's use of tax provisions to minimize what he pays in federal income taxes shows "what an absolute mess the federal tax code is and that's why Donald Trump is the person best positioned to fix it."

    His comments echoed those of fellow Trump adviser Giuliani, who said "the reality is he's a genius" on "Meet the Press" Sunday morning.

    Trump Will Honor Election Results 'If I Win'

    [NATL] Trump Will Honor Presidential Election Results 'If I Win'
    Speaking at a rally in Ohio on Oct. 20, 2016, Donald Trump said that he would accept the presidential election results if they were in his favor. "I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all the people of the United Staes that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election -- if I win,” Donald Trump said, emphasizing the last three words by pointing into the crowd. The rally was held the day following the final debate, during which the issue of whether he would accept the election results came up. At the debate, he said he would have to wait and see what the results were. (Published Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016)

    But Trump's former accountant, Jack Mitnick, indicated in his interview with the Times that the businessman "lacked a sophisticated understanding of the tax code" and "rarely showed any interest in the details behind various tax strategies." But, "he clearly grasped the critical role taxes would play in helping him build wealth."