US news in brief
Donald Trump unveiled an ambitious tax plan, proposing sweeping tax cuts for individuals and corporations in what the president dubbed a “oncein-a-generation” opportunity to overhaul America’s tax code. Trump called the current tax system a “relic” while rolling out a proposal that seeks to simplify the tax code. The plan, drafted by a group of congressional Republicans and administration officials, collapses the number of personal tax brackets from seven to three.
The White House has launched an internal investigation after it emerged that Donald Trump’s sonin-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, and other senior officials used personal email accounts for official business, Politico reported. Citing four unnamed officials, the news site said the investigators have begun pulling batches of emails on the White House server to and from the private accounts of senior aides.
The health and human services secretary, Tom Price, has resigned, after revelations that he spent more than $1m of taxpayers’ money on travel including chartered flights. Price, in a precarious position after repeated failures to repeal the Affordable Care Act, had come under fire for spending so much money on private flights instead of using commercial airlines.
Donald Trump believes NFL owners are “afraid of their players” when it comes to the protests against racial and social injustice that have swept the US sporting landscape. “I have so many friends that are owners, and they’re in a box,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News. It was the latest salvo in Trump’s attack on football players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.
Former judge Roy Moore, one of the most controversial figures in Republican politics, is set to become a US senator – in spite of opposition from Donald Trump. Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama supreme court, beat appointed incumbent Luther Strange by 55% to 45% in the Alabama Republican Senate runoff.