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One of the earliest interactions between Donald Trump and the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona came during a congressional hearing more than two decades before the real-estate mogul won the presidency, according to a new book written by a longtime McCain confidant.

Mark Slater, who started working for McCain in 1989, writes in a book published this week, “The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain,” that Trump was incensed by McCain’s disregard of his presence in Washington DC in the early 1990s.

Trump, who owned casinos in Atlantic City, was in Washington to claim that casinos operated on Native American reservations were controlled by the mob and getting away with not paying taxes.

“The Indians don’t have to pay tax,” Trump said in testimony to a House subcommittee in 1993. “Nobody’s more for the Indians than Donald Trump.”

“You ask about competing. I love to compete … but I like to compete on an equal footing,” Trump added. “I’m competing and paying hundreds of millions of dollars in tax.”

McCain was also scheduled to testify at the hearing. McCain, who twice served as chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, had been an advocate of legislation supporting Native Americans, …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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