Trump Advisor Declines to Say if He Would Vote for Trump

November 19, 2015, 4:44 PM UTC
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Carl Icahn, the billionaire activist investor who advises Donald Trump’s campaign, said Wednesday that he is not a proponent of limited government. Icahn, who was speaking at a Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit, also declined to say who he planned to vote for in the primary election this coming spring.

Icahn’s tone on Wednesday took a significant turn from his previous statements on his advisee. In September, he was quoted saying that voting for Trump was a “no-brainer.” On CNBC, he said, “I don’t know why you wouldn’t vote for someone with that message.”

But on Wednesday, Icahn said that he felt little affiliation with either the Republican of the Democratic party, according to Reuters. Instead of shrinking the government, as many Republicans advocate, Icahn said that candidates should focus on growing the economy. In particular, he said that he supports forcing companies to repatriate funds currently held abroad and pay taxes on them.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

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