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Giuliani: Trump’s an ‘Absolute Genius’ For Using Loopholes to Not Pay Federal Income Taxes

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani continued his defense of Donald Trump‘s federal income taxes this morning by saying he was an “absolute genius” for taking advantage of legal loopholes.

Speaking with George Stephanopoulos on This Week, Giuliani lauded Trump’s actions as “a perfectly legal application of the tax code” which the mogul “would’ve been a fool not to take advantage of.”

Giuliani: “He’s a genius.”

Stephanopoulos: “A genius?”

Giuliani: “The reality is…absolutely genius.”

Giuliani made a nearly identical assertion to CNN’s Jake Tapper earlier Sunday, an indication that the “genius” line is a strategic talking point, and not just a one-off observation.

Giuliani went on to plug Trump’s The Art of the Deal by arguing that “every great man has had failures” yet Trump proved he could recover from a loss of $916 million.

“This a genius at how to take advantage of legal remedies that can help your company survive and grow,” Giuliani said. “Don’t you think a man who has this kind of economic genius is a lot better for the United States than a woman [who] the only thing she has produced, a lot of work for the FBI checking out her e-mails?”

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