Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump is a “genius” if he managed to avoid paying federal taxes, according to some of his key supporters.
The comments come in the wake of a New York Times report, which revealed Trump took a $916 million dollar loss in 1995, potentially allowing him to avoid taxation for the following two decades.
The revelations come as Trump continues to take fire for his tax status, amid his continuing failure to release tax returns. Releasing the information has been standard practice for Presidential candidates for decades.
While Trump himself has not specifically commented on the report, key surrogate and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani took to the air this weekend hailing the move.
“The reality is, he’s a genius,” Giuliani said. “What he did was, he took advantage of something that could save his enterprise, and he did something we admire in America, he came back.”
WATCH: Rudy Giuliani calls Donald Trump a “genius” for not paying taxes.
Trump supporter Chris Christie also backed the move, telling Fox News Sunday the Times had written a “very, very good story for Donald Trump.”
While Trump didn’t confirm the specific details of the report, he did take to Twitter to suggest that he was uniquely qualified to “fix” the American tax system.
Questions around Trump’s tax history were revived during last week’s Presidential debate when Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton claimed Trump hadn’t paid federal income tax for “a lot of years.” At another point in the debate, Trump suggested avoiding taxes “makes me smart.”