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Trump plays hardball in tax reform kickoff, singles out Dem senator

Trump plays hardball in tax reform kickoff, singles out Dem senator”

Mr Trump was speaking in Springfield, Missouri at what was billed as a tax reform kick-off event.

Tax reform was a major campaign promise for Trump and his Republican allies in Congress previous year. "That was below the average rate for developed countries at the time", Trump said. A bit of extra money in a paycheck would have changed our lives, and would undoubtedly change the lives of many families working hard to "get ahead".

The aide said the objective of the speech was for the president to speak to the American people about "why tax reform and relief is needed to unrig the system and jumpstart our economy". One of the leading GOP prospects to challenge McCaskill, Josh Hawley, wrote a Fox News op-ed that called on Congress to pass tax reform.

With Republicans still reeling from their failed effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, Trump's remarks could bolster tax reform as a priority for Congress.

The White House has since abandoned that promise; it said last week that details will be up to the tax-writing committees in the Senate and the House. Corporate America needs a tax cut to be competitive with the world.

"They are taking us, frankly, to the cleaners", Trump added.

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Those goals included cutting the current number of tax brackets by more than half, eliminating "most tax breaks" that benefit "high-income" earners and lowering the tax rate for businesses.

The speech, meant to shift Washington's focus from the failed overhaul of the Affordable Care Act to tax reform, is not expected to contain policy details. He also outlined simplifying the tax code by removing special interest deductions, making tax returns fit on a single page; providing "tax relief for middle class families"; and making it less "punitive" for corporations to repatriate "trillions of dollars in wealth that's parked overseas".

The White House is no longer expected to release its own detailed proposals for tax reform, instead working with congressional leaders as part of the "Big Six" effort to craft a tax reform plan that could earn broad Republican support.

According to Reuters, Trump name checked Ireland alongside France, Germany, Canada and Mexico as countries with a low corporate tax rate. "Tell you what: The United States is counting on it".

"I think Congress is going to make a comeback, I hope so", Trump continued, to cheers from the audience.

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