RNC HEADQUARTERS, TRUMP TOWER — Things have a tendency to change quickly during this election season.
Although as recently as September 20 we predicted that Donald Trump would choose Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf to head the Treasury Department, over the weekend we have had to take account of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s fervent defense of the mega-billionaire’s business acumen following revelations that Trump has evaded paying taxes for some 18 years. On ABC’s "This Week" yesterday, Giuliani said that Trump “would’ve probably breached his fiduciary duty to his investors” if he had not taken advantage of provisions of the tax code which favor wealthy real estate magnates.
Also yesterday, on Fox News Sunday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the purported head of Donald Trump’s transition team, said “there’s no one who’s shown more genius in their way to maneuver around the tax code.” This led associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones to speculate that Christie is angling either for Treasury or to be The Donald’s Chief of Staff.
Today in Pueblo, Colorado (if there is a Rust Belt in Colorado, Pueblo is probably it), Trump defended his manipulation of our tax system by extolling his own brilliance.
As your solitary reporter watched, Trump told his adoring crowd, “Rudy’s been a really good sycophant for me, so I want him in there at Treasury to protect my investments."